Someone working in geriatric case management can be of assistance to the elderly for a large range of services in order to improve the individual’s independence and overall quality of life. That, says Gregory McGann, is the reward in what he does.
McGann, a clinical social worker, brought nearly four decades of experience when he opened up his own practice, Omega Counseling and Care Management Services in Gainesville.
“Our mission statement is simply to preserve one’s independence and protect their dignity,” McGann said.
This simple statement can go a long way for the elderly and their loved ones. Piece of mind is most important and it is the case managers job to put everyone at ease.Case managers start by completing a comprehensive home assessment where needs are discussed in order to improve quality of life and how capable one is to live in independence. During this consultation one can express his/her concerns and the case manager can come up with different solutions and resources that will be helpful for the future.
McGann has worked with families in a number of situations that have included arranging in-home services for care and necessities, making medical appointments for people, assisting in decisions that need to be made by offering professional advice, contacting elder-law attorneys, helping with end-of-life planning and informing families about benefits they can receive and how to make the most of them.
Taking care of a loved one can be hard on families and sometimes one might think there is no one to turn to in times of need, but geriatric case managers can assist in just about every aspect of life and it is their sole goal to improve one’s quality of life and make sure that independence is given with client’s safety in mind.
For national information about care management, go online to www.caremanager.org. to learn more about Omega Counseling and Care Management, got to www.omega-counselingcaremanagement.com.