It is the last item on that list - geriatric care managers - that has caught the attention of the Westlake Village private in-home care agency Select Home Care. In a recent effort to expand the range of services it offers to its acute care clients, Select Home Care has partnered with geriatric care manager and 805 Aging CEO Amy Genson Guss.
The partnership comes at a pivotal time in elder care history. Select Home Care CEO and Founder Dylan Hull predicts geriatric care managers (GCMs) will play an important role in the future of elderly care. "Adding geriatric care management to our services is in line with the direction health care is moving,” says Hull. “The goal is always to provide a seamless continuity of care to aging seniors. However, when working with multiple agencies, this can be a challenge.”
Guss agrees with Hull’s assessment, commenting, "As the percentage of Americans 65 years and older increases, the need for qualified care providers for seniors is going to increase as well."
Without a GCM, families are frequently left with the stressful process of navigating on their own the myriad of choices facing the aging and those caring for aging parents. GCMs can alleviate that stress by overseeing the caregiving process. They can make recommendations for in home care, adult daycare programs, or senior housing, and help families secure government benefits or medical services. They can also advise families on legal or financial issues and help them navigate the maze of options available in the ever-changing health care industry. As Hull explains, “Although we will continue to partner with home health and hospice colleagues, bringing geriatric care management under our roof is good for our clients who want to age in place with the highest level of managed care.”
GCMs are particularly beneficial to families whose elderly loved ones do not reside in the same city or state. The Alliance for Caregivers and AARP estimate 15% of caregivers (between five and seven million Americans) are “long-distance caregivers,”
For Select Home Care, this promising step forward will be taken with geriatric care manager Amy Guss. Guss, a professional gerontologist and president of 805 Aging, has worked in the geriatric care industry as a clinician and administrator for over 20 years. Hull comments, "The addition of Amy Guss of 805 Aging as our geriatric care manager is a big step in Select Home Care's vision of being the premier choice for in-home care in Southern California. Amy will have a hands-on approach with our 24-hour and acute care clients and will be an experienced voice on our care management team."
Guss is also happy with the decision, saying, "805Aging is pleased to align itself with the top in-home care provider in the Conejo Valley, Select Home Care. There is a great synergy between our companies, as we share a common goal to help keep seniors safe and happy in their homes for as long as possible."
As California’s aging population continues to grow larger, the home care industry will need to search for new and improved ways to provide assistance and protection to the elderly and home bound. Select Home Care is working to stay ahead of the curve by continuing to form partnerships with trusted leaders in the elder care field.
About Select Home Care
Select Home Care provides in-home care to the elderly and disabled throughout Southern California, Southern Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Utah and Texas. With 24-hour availability, dementia assistance, and companionship care, services are tailored to meet clients’ needs, with a caregiver compatibility guarantee. Please visit http://selecthomecare.com/