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What is Geriatric Care Management?

Geriatric Care Management focuses on providing the help that clients need to maintain their highest quality of life during their senior years. Geriatric Care Managers are able to facilitate clients remaining in their homes longer or transitioning to care communities.

Geriatric Care Management is a holistic client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. The expertise of a care manager helps provide answers for families, especially during times of uncertainty. Their guidance enables families to take action and make decisions that ensure quality care and optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress, and time off work for family caregivers.

Care managers are able to address a broad range of issues related to the wellbeing of their clients through standardized screening tools. They also posses extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources within their communities.

How Do You Know When It Is Time to Contact Us?

When caregiving for an aging family member becomes overwhelming, or if the person you are caring for

  • Is unable to life safely in their current environment
  • Is not pleased with current care providers and requires advocacy
  • Is confused about their own financial and/or legal status

Or if your family

  • Has just become involved with helping/caregiving and needs direction about available services
  • Is either "burned out" or unsure of care solutions
  • Has limited time and/or expertise in dealing with the person's chronic care needs
  • Is at odds regarding care decisions
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Granddaughter helping Grandmother with walker

Identifying Your Family Member's Needs

The care manager may perform an assortment of standardized geriatric assessments to identify problems and provide solutions and/or referrals. These assessments can include

  • Cognition
  • Home safety
  • Depression
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) (example: feeding, dressing or taking medications)
  • Independent ADLs (for example: cooking or paying bills)
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A geriatric assessment is being performed on Grandma. Grandma is cooking herself a meal in the kitchen.

What Services Does a Geriatric Care Manager Provide?

Consultation on Local Resources

  • Jim has extensive experience within the local community and can give you a comprehensive understanding of all resources available.

Medication Management & Review

  • Medication Management entails setting the client up with technology and providing help to enable them to reliably take medications as prescribed.
  • Medication Review looks for potential conflicts in types of medications being prescribed, especially if the client has more than one doctor, and helps to avoid medication of problems that are no longer active.

Facilitating Home Care & Support Services

  • Jim is able to arrange and oversee home care providers (assistance with ADLs) and support services (assessing the home environment)

Coordinating Medical Appointments

  • Jim consults with the family to schedule appointments, provides transportation to and from, as well as takes notes to provide to the family regarding the appointment itself.

Hospital Discharge Planning

  • Jim meets with the hospital discharge planners before the client is discharged
  • Evaluates the home care setting and arranges for necessary support services
  • Arranges for medical equipment in the home
  • Facilitates the client's transportation to home
  • Obtains new prescriptions and reviews medication orders
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Geriatric care provider is reviewing medication for his patient.

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Welcome to the blog for Butte Care Management! We can’t wait to tell you more about us and share our experiences with you!

Meet Jim Boyd

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Why Does Jim Care About Quality of Life?

Jim Boyd is a Licensed Vocational Nurse and a Geriatric Care Manager. He is the owner of Butte Care Management. Jim began working at Feather River Hospital in 1979 while earning his BA degree in Gerontology from California State University, Chico. Since his graduation in 1983, Jim served as a home health and hospice nurse educator for thirteen years and was the Resident Services Directors for two large assisted living communities in Butte County. He is an associate member of the Aging Life Care Association.

Over the years, Jim has developed a significant network of health care. It is through cultivating these relationships that he has gained an expertise of what resources are available, as well as the quality of the services provided. Jim deeply values the wisdom of our aging seniors and their desire to remain at home and as autonomous as possible. He understands the stress caregiving can place on families, especially those who are out of the area. He has the tools and knowledge to help you and your family!

Pictured here is Jim Boyd with Grandma Mabel circa 1971

One might question why Jim seems motivated to serve these clients.

He says, "A quick look at our country reveals that our society devalues the elderly and their life experiences. Look at the media and you will frequently see the elderly portrayed as a burden on society or a myriad of other negative views. I believe what we have missing in our country boils down to RESPECT, or rather LACK of respect for our elders."

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