Is there a Difference Between a Care Manager and Care Giver?

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Finding the right person to care for your loved ones as they age may be a worrisome process. It is easy for terms to get mixed up, and to misunderstand which option is right for you and your family. For example, what is the difference between a geriatric care manager and a geriatric care giver? The terms sound similar but have completely different descriptions. It is critical to know their roles in order to decide if you need one or the other–or even both.

Geriatric Care Manager

A Geriatric Care Manager, as defined by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers is a “health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for clients and/or families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults.” Generally, a Geriatric Care Manager takes care of five specific areas of the individuals well-being. The five areas include:

  1. Determine the strengths, needs, concerns and preferences of the client
  2. Create goals and a plan of care for the client
  3. Put in place the established care plan
  4. Manage the ongoing care of the client
  5. Guarantee professional practice and supervision of care management

The above-named areas could include specific responsibilities, such as finding housing for the loved one, selecting a home care provider, overseeing the medical needs of the client, or aiding the client in finding appropriate and rewarding social activities. All geriatric care managers should have strong relationships with others in the geriatric care industry in order to look for the best services to recommend. Geriatric care managers are the facilitators of any types of assistance the client might need.

Geriatric Care Giver

Working in conjunction with the Geriatric Care Manager is the Geriatric Care Giver. The care giver is more involved with the daily activities of the elderly person. A geriatric care giver may aid in the basic self-care needs of a senior, such as bathing or toileting. A large portion of a caregiver’s work is companionship, which is simply being a friend to the senior rather than just an employee. Care givers can also monitor medication, perform housekeeping chores, prepare food, transfer the senior from the bed to the chair or vice versa, and/or provide transportation for the senior to any appointments or social outings.

While they both engage with the client, the care giver focuses more on day to day living while the manager focuses on setting up these duties and whether they are being done properly and safely so that your loved one is in the right hands.

Dedicated Elder Law Attorneys

An elder law attorney can help you in assessing your needs and finding the correct geriatric care manager and/or geriatric care giver for your family or friend. At Berry Law, we are dedicated to helping elderly with their needs when it comes to aging comfortably and safely. Contact us today at 402-260-5767 to schedule a consultation with an elder law attorney.

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