The complexities in health care continue to grow each passing year. When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, the main goal was to improve access to care for the average individual, but what has happened is a more complicated process. It’s leaving some aging individuals completely lost when it comes to the type of care they may need or how to access it. That includes the prospect of in home health care.
There are consultants and agencies that now provide services to help these men and women navigate the health care field, offering legal advice, counsel on the types of doctors, physicians, or other services that may be of interest to them, and more.
What many people face when dealing with increasing health issues is a sense of fear and confusion. That leads to increased stress and anxiety, which has been shown to be harmful to overall health. So while this aging population may be facing increase health issues naturally, it can be made worse by the sense of feeling lost and having nowhere to turn for answers.
These geriatric care managers (GCMs) can be beneficial, but they can also be costly. Many charge $150 to $200 per hour for their services, and for those seniors on limited incomes looking for simple solutions, it can be cost prohibitive.
As reported by Joseph F Coughlin in the MarketWatch blog, Is it worth paying an expert to help you navigate the health-care system?:
“In this sense, a GCM [geriatric care manager] is more like a lawyer or a financial advisor than a doctor. A GCM’s value comes primarily from having a large repository of knowledge of a complex system, not necessarily any particular hands-on expertise. Further even from lawyers and financial advisors, there is no defined educational track (yet) for geriatric care management, and a GCM doesn’t need a license (yet) to practice. Although experienced nurses appear to be leading the trek in the business of care coordination and management. Geriatric care management is part of the frontier of the burgeoning advanced service economy that is being driven by an aging population.”
When it comes to in home care, whether a home care aide is needed for a couple of days a week, a visiting nurse, physical therapist, or other professionals, seniors far too often feel as though they’re unprepared for the ever-changing landscape of this type of support.
With reliable agencies and other care providers offering information about their services, GCMs may not actually be needed, at least when the necessity for in home care arises.