Published On: August 3, 20222.2 min readCategories: Assisted Living

Check Credentials

Confirm that the senior care partner has certificates from recognized and reputable agencies, such as the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM), Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC), and National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Question Local Knowledge

Senior care partners must know how to access local health and disability services so they can get their clients the help they need quickly and efficiently. Ask any prospective senior care partner how long they have worked in the area, which local resources they rely on, and where they turn for answers to questions that lie beyond their area of expertise.

Ask About Associations

Senior care partners are often educated and licensed in social work, nursing, or a similar area of human services. Anyone you employ should be current with the Aging Life Care Association.

Consider Availability

Aging is a complex process, and questions and worries may arise at any time. Your senior care partner should be accessible by phone, email, or an answering service 24 hours a day, seven days a week—or at least available via mobile phone or email.

Evaluate Personal Chemistry

Senior care partners spend a lot of time with their elderly clients and other involved caregivers. There must be mutual feelings of respect and a comfort level that allows for open communication in order for the relationship to function. It may appear easy, but it’s crucial to confirm you’re comfortable working with your senior care partner and that you like them.

Review Specific Services

A variety of responsibilities are handled by senior care partners. Care management services are provided by a variety of professionals. Make sure you understand exactly which care management services will be offered, how much they’ll cost, and when the contract will expire before hiring someone.

Determine Cost and Value

A senior care partner can assist you in making critical health-care, housing, and personal-care decisions. You may be confident that you are putting your resources to good use because you work with a knowledgeable expert. A senior care partner will assist you in prioritizing your needs, evaluating alternatives, and determining the best course of action.

Talk to References

When choosing a geriatric care manager, speak with previous clients and their families as well as professionals in the community. Inquire about the benefits and drawbacks of their experience, including the advantages of a senior care partner and how they have helped.

Conduct a Thorough Interview

There are many factors to consider before hiring a senior care partner. Make a list of requirements so the discussion is fruitful. Then thoroughly vet each provider of senior care management, asking hard questions in detail.