|A professional elder care counselor or
manager works together with
families to evaluate their current situation and find resources to
meet each person's individual wants and needs. An experienced
professional counselor can reduce the care burden and prevent
Families of frail older people often make decisions in crisis. A
professional care counselor or manager can cut through the red tape,
give advice with first-hand knowledge of the resources available,
and save valuable time when time is not an available luxury.
A good counselor will work with the senior and the family to
identify where spending a little money will save money in the long
run, and will always make preserving financial assets a priority.
Geriatric care managers and counselors are usually paid in one of two ways:
By the Client: The care counselor works directly for the senior and
the family. The counselor will bill the client directly for
services. There is no relationship between the care counselor and
the facilities or services recommended.
By the Facility or Service: Some care counselors work directly for
senior service providers or receive a referral commission from
facilities or service providers.