Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition has just been published . How aging life and geriatric care managers can help long distance families is covered in depth in a chapter on care managers and the nearly normal family.
More than 7million American Families care for older family members from afar. This holiday season many of those long distance families will come home to an elder Mom or Dad’s house and find a scene they saw coming but still fill them with white fear.
Unpaid bills litter Dad’s desk. He refuses to go to church when he was a devoted churchgoer all his life. When the daughter put the turkey in the refrigerator she finds moldy food on every shelf. When asked about the bills and the moldy food, Dad gets really angry when he was an easygoing guy all his life.
At that point the daughter may pull out her phone and call an aging life or geriatric care manager because she cannot fly home without getting help . Are you ready for these desperate calls?
Give frantic adult children hope when they frantically call this holiday.
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Holiday Meltdown in Aging Family- 5 Care Manager Steps to Tame the Turbulence