DFA Spring Update: May Is Geriatric Care Managers Month

Did you know . . .

  • Nearly one in four adults in the U.S. is caring for an aging family member.
  • Of adult family members who are caregivers and adults who are concerned about caring for an aging loved one in the future, more than three-quarters agree that they could use help from a geriatric care manager (GCM).

That’s according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive for the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM), marking May as Geriatric Care Managers Month.

GCMs help plan and coordinate care for the elderly and disabled to improve their quality of life and maintain their independence for as long as possible. NAPGCM members commit to rigorous standards of practice regarding issues such as the client’s right to privacy, promoting a client’s right to self-determination, conflicts of interest and continuing education.

Debbie recently joined NAPGCM’s Standards Committee to help review existing professional standards and develop new ones to complement the organization’s Code of Ethics.

Last month, Debbie also joined about 300 other GCMs from around the U.S. at the NAPGCM annual conference, April 18-21, in Seattle. This year’s conference theme was Reaching New Heights: The Power of Compassion.

In addition to attending sessions such as Who Is My Client: Ethical Lessons from the Field and Unlocking Generational Codes, Debbie met with GCMs to build her extensive contact network around the country. These connections are invaluable when DFA is asked to find GCMs for family members who live far from Massachusetts. The conference was also a great opportunity to learn and share best practices.

Debbie is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional practice at DFA and serves as Vice President of NAPGCM’s New England chapter.

President of Deborah Fins Associates, PC, since 1995, Deborah Liss Fins is a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified geriatric care manager. Drawing on more than 30 years of professional experience in geriatric care management, DFA offers comprehensive assessments and planning, guidance in selecting appropriate care, help identifying resources for financial support and professional consulting. Please contact us to set up a complimentary initial telephone consultation.

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