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What to about Mom or Dad?
Find the Expertise You Need in a Professional Geriatric
When Kansas City business owner Betsy
Stewart’s elderly dad suffered a stroke two years ago
and returned to his own home, she was worried about his
safety. But when she tried to talk to him about it or
make suggestions, he brushed off her concerns.
“To him, I was just his child and not someone he was
going to take advice from,” said Stewart.
Stewart sought the help of a geriatric care manager and
was amazed at the difference.
“Having an outsider be the one to make recommendations
and talk to my dad about potential safety issues was
instrumental in getting my dad to cooperate. The care
manager built trust and established a rapport with him
and got him laughing right off the bat. By the end, he
trusted her judgment and cooperated with all her
recommendations. Additionally, the care manager pointed
things out to me that I hadn’t thought about – such as
potential safety hazards in the home – and provided
information on valuable resources.”
Delegate to The Experts
Just as you might delegate tasks at home or work to
those with proven expertise, take the same approach when
it comes to determining a plan for your parent’s future.
Seek expertise from a proven professional and you’ll
know that you’re getting information you can count on
while avoiding costly mistakes from trying to figure it
out on your own.
With a geriatric care manager, you’ll get inside
knowledge on everything from local facilities, in-home
services, and where to find medical equipment and
supplies to unadvertised benefits entitled by various
associations—local (such as Alzheimer’s Association) or
national (such as Veterans). Most of all, their
encouraging support will allow you to continue the
routine of your daily life while staying fully involved
with your parent’s aging experience. With a geriatric
care manager, your time with mom or dad becomes bonding
time, not time trying to haggle over what to do next.
Do you want flexibility to manage your day, putting
priority on the important instead of the urgent? Do you
want to prepare for the unexpected ahead of time? Do you
want to work smarter, not harder? Do you want to enjoy
your time with your parents without frustrating
arguments and exhausting power struggles?
Contact a geriatric care manager to help you set up a
strategic plan organizing and implementing the care your
parent needs. They will help you fulfill your own needs
to be involved as closely as possible while maintaining
your own personal and professional obligations. Whether
you need help for a day, a few months or a few years,
let decisions about the care of the people you love most
be guided by someone who’s been there before.
Today’s geriatric care managers are experts at wading
through the decisions and for a reasonable hourly fee,
can open you to a world of options. Their professional
suggestions are based on broad experience, understanding
of geriatric issues and most of all, the needs of your
When you decide to seek help from a professional care
manager, you’ll get the answers you are looking for,
plenty of options, and the emotional support you need.