As you or a loved one’s life changes – through injury, illness, or simply as part of the normal aging process – your medical and physical needs change as well. Health care demands, on top of the regular routines of daily living, can appear quickly and become challenging and complicated for seniors and their families to navigate.
In these situations, RVNA’s geriatric care management and social worker services can be invaluable to help ensure that you are getting the medical and personal support you need to be healthy and happy.
Where to begin?
At RVNA, we start with an initial assessment — a conversation with our experienced social worker and geriatric care manager to help understand your current situation and your current needs, as well as anticipate potential future needs. So that when the future arrives, we will be prepared and ready.
Through the initial assessment, we aim to learn:
- Current health status
- Any physical, nutritional, or mental challenges in daily living
- Any home safety concerns, including fall prevention, lighting, maintenance and comfort
- Current level of care at home, if any
- Current need for medical care and planning oversight
- Any current concerns related to living independently at home
In some cases, the start-up needs are quite small, with perhaps just a minimal amount of care or oversight to ensure that everything is alright, or to help get through a temporary health issue. In other cases, the needs may be more intense or may fluctuate. With RVNA’s geriatric care management services, our job is to ensure that you have the right level of care and attention you need, every day of the year.
Geriatric Care Management Services
RVNA’s Geriatric Care Management program, led by care manager Laura Switzer, MSW, LCSW, ACSW works closely with seniors – and their families — for consultations and to develop short- and long-term plans to ensure our clients are receiving the care, support and resources they need.
Following are some of the services we offer:
- Regular Care Plan review and monitoring
- Advocacy and coordination with medical providers
- Hands-on coordination of nursing and rehabilitative care, as well as support care and services
- Assistance with hiring and supervision of live-in or hourly caregivers
- Assistance/referrals for home maintenance
- Assistance/referrals for budget management
- Assistance with Medicaid applications, long-term care insurance and other medical forms
- Long-term care planning
- Supportive counseling
- Referrals to and coordination with community resources
- Facilitation of ongoing communication and feedback to families
To learn more and/or request an initial consultation, please contact RVNA at 203-438-5555.