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As I have explained in my You Tube about the VA, my Dad had a VA Fiduciary. By then my Dad had a dual diagnosis of PTST and Vascular Dementia. He could not handle the money is his own pension from the VA. I found this service extraordinarily reassuring. The appointed fiduciary came once a month and have course checked on his expenses. We had a private bookkeeper that managed his bank account and turned the records over to the fiduciary. But he was also like a social worker. Being one myself I could that mask go and put on my daughter mask and be cared for by this gentleman. He let me talk about my problems with the my Dad’s decline the wonder of his my Dad cementing all four generations of our family together by his very presence. We all needed a grandfather and father to be that clan we longed for in California.
If you are in a veterans or military family or work with one as an aging professional or family member find out more about VA Fiduciary Services
Although the earliest US training programs in geriatric medicine were initiated independent of VA, by the late 1970s almost all American geriatric medicine fellowships were VA-supported, and mostly affiliated with GRECCs.
The first decade of GRECC activities made clear by the mid-1980s that care for elderly persons (including veterans) needed to differ from other medical specialties in that its goal was not to cure but rather to optimize and preserve function and quality of life in the face of age and concurrent illness.
To met that goal required more than the physician alone could provide. This relates especially to geriatric care managers and other helping professionals, It would require a multidisciplinary effort to take account of factors including patient preference, self-care, living status, nutrition, medications, family involvement, mental health, and function.
As such, GRECC training programs in aging for pharmacy, psychology, occupational and physical therapy, social work, and other associated health professions also arose in GRECCs. As a result, a significant proportion of geriatric research, clinicians, clinical training, and models of care presently in the U.S. derive directly or indirectly from GRECCs.
Here is a follow up to my blog yesterday from the front page of the Wall Street Journal today Memorial Day.
If you work with elders look into the GRECC program . I can’t say enough about the VA once you get there- (a mountain to climb). But at the top is heaven. My Dad and I got the best care in the world. He had a geriatrician who spent an hour with him each visit, all the supplies he needed, psychiatric services, kindness, gentleness, transportation almost door to door and respect for what he had suffered and who he was in the here and now.
I got a geriatric assessment. I teach it, think it, write it but no one ever had the kindness to offer it to me. I found in those few hours with the VA RN and Social Worker what an incomparable tool it really is. Their goal was to tell me my Dad was going to die and help me through it. I wasn’t a geriatric care manager then- I was just who I really am, a daughter, caregiver and human being in pain. They supported me, gave me tools, consoled me ,cradled me.
So I would like to honor the GRECC program on Memorial Day and say it is brilliant, human, kind, and a tool that the VA offers that is life changing to all who use it. It was all that to me and my father- Harry V. Cress pictured above.