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What Does a Geriatric Consultant & Planner Do?

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A Geriatric Consultant & Planner is a qualified healthcare professional that assists individuals and families to understand, anticipate and manage their current life circumstances. This can include making care decisions, locating resources, facilitating and planning for implementing resources, benefits and Medicaid application assistance as well as referrals of support in the spirit of maintaining a person's or family's quality of life.

Older adults are happiest when they can continue an independent lifestyle, making their own decisions about daily living. However, there may come a critical time for older adults when illness, memory loss, disability or simple problems of aging arise. These new challenges can have significant physical, social and emotional impacts on older adults and jeopardize their well-being. For family members who live out of state, this creates tremendous worry about their parent(s) concern as to what to do next. A professional geriatric consultant & planner can provide the solution to this dilemma by helping the family to develop a coordinated plan of care to assist the older adult.

Geriatric consultants can assist seniors and their families by providing for a thorough assessment of a person's level of social, emotional and medical factors, then coordinating a variety of services to meet the unique functional and care needs of the older adult. This can involve working closely with Care Mangers, Trust Officers, Guardians and Estate Planning professionals on the client's behalf.

The consultant can become an integral part of this process by building a trusting relationship with the older adult, acting as both advocate and friend and is readily available as a resource for the family to evaluate needs and services as well as to help develop a long range plan for care.

These plans developed with the family by the consultant may include the referral to a geriatric care manager who can arrange for personal care, monitoring in-home services, facilitating long term care placement, connecting clients to financial assistance/community/government programs, and acting as a liaison between the person with dementia and their local and/or long distance family members and caregivers. This coordinated plan of care helps older adults meet the challenges of daily living and maximizes their quality of life. It also offers reassurance and peace of mind for the family member that may reside many miles away.

Costs for a Geriatric Care Consultant & Planner vary based on needs, but usually includes an initial assessment, an assessment evaluation and written report with recommendations. The initial assessment may require more than one meeting, particularly if out of town family is to be involved. If hired by the client or family, subsequent fees are based upon an hourly rate that can be discussed in person or by phone, fax or email.

Please Contact:

Ron Kauffman, Geriatric Consultant & Planner, CSA
880 S. Park Place ~ Hendersonville, NC 28791
Office: 828-696-9799 ~ Cell Phone: 561-818-0039

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