I often recommend that my clients or their families hire a geriatric care manager to assist them in the maze of issues that come up during the transitions of aging. The New York Times has an excellent post on their blog, A New Age, about why you would hire a care manager and what they can do for you. Excerpts from the article are below:
A relationship with a professional geriatric care manager can allow the children of the elderly person to be children, while someone else manages the situation. When a son or daughter is providing the hands-on care to the parent, the quality time they have to be there emotionally for their parent is limited…. The care manager can handle the difficult interpersonal issues, address the immediate problem, remain connected once the crisis passes and get back involved as the situation requires it.
Geriatric care managers are a great addition to the team, and can help clients determine what their care giving needs are, what facilities would be best for them, help with adjusting to new living situations and facilitate family meetings to insure that relationships remain intact even during difficult times.