Articles on "Decision Making"

April 7, 2010 12:40 pm

Skilled Nursing Homes: Geriatric Care Manager Certifications

It is highly important to consider a Geriatric Care Manager’s (GCM) certifications before enlisting their services for yourself or a loved one. According to its website, members of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) in 2006 voted to approve a new requirement that all members hold at least one of four approved certifications. As of Jan. 1, 2010, all current and renewing members must hold one of these certifications and since January of 2008, it has been […]

February 23, 2009 5:07 pm

A Resource Available 24/7: Seniorcare

While Geriatric Care Managers are there to help guide individuals through what can be a complex world of retirement resources, there are times when they step in as a source of comfort and feel like family in tough times. That is most likely what one client would say of Arlene Saks Martin, LCSW-C, CCM, whose services span Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Harford Counties. This client is 67 years old and lives independently in her home. […]

March 25, 2008 12:00 am

Communicating with Alzheimer’s Patients

Good communication is essential in every walk of life, and especially in ongoing relations with victims of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), an irreversible, degenerative illness. As the disease progresses, AD patients gradually lose their ability to comprehend and function, posing a formidable challenge to professional caregivers and families alike. That’s why communicating with AD sufferers effectively has become a “linguistic science,” one in which caregivers and families must modify their manner of speaking. AD patients can only absorb so much within […]

March 20, 2008 12:00 am

How To Ease Hospital Adjustment

When the daily lives of older adults are interrupted by illness and hospitalization the result can be mental confusion and disorientation. Known as delirium, this can be a distressing situation for an individual’s loved ones. However, programs such as HELP (Hospital Elder Life Program) at Inova Fairfax Hospital have been established to prevent delirium. The HELP program seeks to maintain cognitive and physical functioning of high risk adults throughout hospitalization and ultimately enhance their independence when discharged. A primary goal […]

Maintaining a Positive Outlook with Senior Care
October 25, 2007 12:00 am

Maintaining a Positive Outlook with Senior Care

Anyone who knows 87-year-old Shirley Gantz can see that nothing will change her positive outlook. “My cup runneth over,” she said, when asked about her life, “I have felt so blessed.” As she attributes this fortune of her life to the people and things that have always been there when she needed it, she can say one of those supportive individuals was her geriatric care manager. When Diane Schaefer of Schaefer & Associates, LLC, met Shirley, she wanted to move […]

Senior Living: Planning Events to Remember
September 13, 2007 12:00 am

Senior Living: Planning Events to Remember

Every year around his birthday, Robert Pitt hosts a dinner party for his family, friends and now caregivers. This year was no exception. On a rainy Friday night in January, 60 guests arrived one by one at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C. The room looked regal adorned with spring flowers and flickering candles, a perfect setting for the sounds of the string ensemble. Robert, in his wheelchair with his caregiver Fedelia by his side, greeted each and every guest […]

November 20, 2006 12:00 am

Looking Out for Family: Care Management and Financial Planning

Sometimes the most compassionate family members aren’t the ones related to you by blood. In the case of Edward Fitzpatrick, a very special friend was the one who stepped up to handle his medical and financial affairs when he was diagnosed with cancer. “This man was virtually an adopted uncle to me,” said Mary Langmead, Edward’s caretaker and the daughter of his best friend. “He was closer to our family than a bunch of blood relatives – I’ve never known […]

May 2, 2006 12:00 am

How To Sort Through Aging Resources: Care Management provides information about resources that address health and aging issues, financial concerns, legal questions, caregiving support, housing and assisted living facilities, and much more. There is a wealth of information available concerning all of the issues and choices surrounding aging. However, sorting through this information can be confusing, time-consuming, and exhausting. The difficulty of making retirement living decisions often leads seniors and their caregivers to delay vital choices until the situation is dire. A new public service in Virginia […]

Finding the Help You Need: Care Management
April 28, 2006 12:00 am

Finding the Help You Need: Care Management

“I enjoy my life. At 92, I think I’m doing really well,” says Harriette Russell. In her nearly 100 years, Mrs. Russell has faced her share of challenges. She points out that the most important thing one can do during difficult times is “find good help.” Mrs. Russell was living with her husband in their family home in Havertown when his health began to deteriorate. She realized that she needed some assistance. Mrs. Russell was listening to a radio show […]

Finding the Care Needed: Retirement Community Assistance
February 28, 2006 12:00 am

Finding the Care Needed: Retirement Community Assistance

Long-time Towson residents, Lucille and Charles Quinan raised their children in the area and spent most of their 68 years of marriage in the same house. The couple met and married when Lucille was just 16. Later, Charles began working as an insurance agent for the Life Insurance Company of Virginia, a position he held for over 30 years before retiring. When Charles began to experience some health problems, Lucille and her two children knew they needed help. The family […]