“We live far away from my parents and needed someone to help locally. Our aging care manager became very much an advisor for the family and provided full oversight, care and life management, including mentally preparing us as a coach”. Kitz, Westchester, NY
There are 53 Million informal (unpaid) caregivers in the U.S. Informal caregivers are family members who often juggle full-time jobs, while providing for their own families and children, and taking care of aging parents or loved ones. The toll that caregiving takes on them results in reduced work productivity, increased emotional and financial stress, and difficulty with time management. Family caregivers are overwhelmed, exhausted and confused, constantly trying to research age-related health conditions, dispensing pills or attending doctor’s appointments, dealing with insurance companies or deciding on housing accommodations. In many cases, adult children live away from their parents and have limited ability to supervise exsiting caregivers or to help with all other life needs. And along with the stress of it all, they often ask themselves: “Am I making the right decision for my parents? Is this really the best option for my mom or dad?”
The truth is, insurance, financial, legal or medical decisions are not easy to make; there is a complex set of specifics that only professionals know and navigating these topics is challenging and can be very time-consuming. Certain professionals, known as Aging Care Managers (or sometimes called Geriatric or Senior Care Mangers), are best positioned to make smart, economically sound and medically wise decisions; they provide advice, guidance and hands-on services that cover all aspects of aging and life care management, while saving time and money, and reducing the stress and burden on the family caregivers.
Care Managers are usually the best option for families with aging parents who live independently at home but require help with the various aspects of their lives. Aging Care Managers supervise and coordinate caregivers, help with insurance, attend doctor’s appointments, advice on medical decisions, and ensure proper medication management; they can help with general life management such as coordinating housekeeping, repairs and services at the home, and act as a single point of contact for the family.