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Getting Advice and Guidance on Elderly Care Options

Options for elderly care run the spectrum, from minimal assistance with activities of daily living to enable seniors to continue living in the comfort of home to 24-hour nursing care provided in a nursing home for seniors who have chronic medical conditions that require continual attention.

What elderly care option is right for your loved one?

That depends on a variety of factors that you can examine with your loved one's physician and an honest look at your own situation and how available you are to provide assistance. A geriatric care manager also can advise you on the best elderly care option for your loved one.

Geriatric care managers are trained and experienced in elderly care management to help seniors achieve the highest quality of life and maximum functional potential.

Geriatric care managers also serve families of seniors advising them on available elderly care resources and helping them gain in knowledge and skills to confidently and competently assist in their loved one's care.

Geriatric care managers can be especially helpful to families whose loved ones face significant challenges from chronic health conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

A geriatric care manager can help families coordinate a variety of elderly care resources to meet the complete needs of a senior. They can connect families with providers of the most appropriate elderly care options for their loved one, such as:

  • In-home elderly care in which caregivers visit the home to provide assistance with activities of daily living. In-home care providers allow family members to be as involved as much or as little in their loved one's care as they wish or are able.
  • Assisted living, a residential care option that serves seniors who need minimal assistance with the activities of daily living but do not require the health care services of a nursing home.
  • A nursing home or skilled nursing facility, which provides seniors 24-hour nursing coverage.
  • Continuing care communities that offer in one site various levels of elderly care allowing seniors to easily move from one to another as their needs change--from independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation care and skilled nursing.
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