Geriatric Care Manager

Why We Coined the Phrase “Life Keeping”

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the phrase “Life Keeping,” part of the Eddy & Schein tagline?

Seniors in Cities: Protecting Aging Residents

{2:50 minutes to read} City dwellers living in multiunit housing have unique challenges. Every building has its own cast of characters, each making lifestyle choices which may or may not affect their neighbors. Nonsmokers may take issue with smokers, particularly those who smoke heavily. Non-pet owners may not appreciate pet owners, especially those who are unable to properly care for or control their pets. Among the many needs and desires of residents that a building manager may juggle, the special concerns specific to aging residents may be the most challenging.

Social Security Fraud Happens: Taking Steps to Resolve the Problem

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Jonathan has Alzheimer’s, and as a result, he has not been handling his finances for over a year. He has an agent under his Power of Attorney (POA) and Eddy & Schein taking care of his financial affairs. A Geriatric Care Manager and a Home Health Aide Agency are caring for his physical and medical needs.

Each week Diane Lansing stops by to visit with Jonathan and collect his mail. Back in the Eddy & Schein office, Diane writes checks to send to his POA agent for signature and mailing. She also reviews Jonathan’s bank statements. Recently, while checking his bank statement, Diane noticed that Jonathan’s Social Security payment for the month had not been deposited the previous week, as scheduled. 

Veteran Administration Benefits: Explore All Options

{4:50 minutes to read} For U.S. Military Veterans, there are many resources available through the Department of Veteran Affairs. However, several steps are required to apply for these benefits. Below, we describe a recent case involving a World War II Veteran who already had benefits.

Don was living alone in a studio apartment within walking distance of major NYC Entertainment Venues, but he was lonely and getting more and more confused. He was a victim of a “sweetheart” scam – a woman befriended him and eventually asked for $5,000 for one health issue after another.

Coming Home from Rehab: A Checklist for Success

Coming Home from Rehab: A Checklist for Success By Diane Lansing{4:45 minutes to read} When Robert had a stroke, and we were informed that he was in rehab, we suggested the family hire a geriatric care manager to help coordinate care in the facility, but the idea was not accepted.

Then, when it came time for Robert to go home from the rehab facility, we suggested that the family hire a geriatric care manager to coordinate the transition home. However, the family chose to handle everything themselves. The family took on much more than they had planned for as they worked to put in place the services that Robert would need, and addressed emergencies.

The family hired a home health aide agency to provide round-the-clock care for Robert. Durable Medical Equipment was ordered, but lack of communication from the vendor had the son frantic as to whether the hospital bed, wheelchair, walker and commode would arrive in time.

Enriching a Life by Restoring the Past to Build the Future

Enriching a Life by Restoring the Past to Build the FutureWhen illness and aging cause seniors to minimize their activities, finding creative solutions to help them enhance their lives is critical.

Case Study:

George is a man in his late 80s who led an independent life until he developed cancer, experienced severe macular degeneration, and a lifelong stutter got worse. He was very aware of not appearing the way he used to, and was extremely self-conscious.

At our initial assessment in George’s apartment, there were 2 lawyers, 2 bankers and us. It was quite a crowd, and it was obvious a working relationship was already in place.

While Rebecca spoke with George and the others to identify the specific needs for which Eddy & Schein had been invited to join the team, I went into the bathroom. There, I found little placards with funny French remarks. So, I came out and started speaking fluent French to George. The rest was history. There was virtually no one else in the room except the two of us -- communicating gracefully in another language.

From then on, my goal was to restore George to his previous life.

Caring for Seniors: Don’t Go It Alone

Caring for Seniors: Don’t Go It Alone By Eddy & Schein

Sometimes seniors or their families do not know enough about senior issues. This was the case for Lillian and her neighbor.

Lillian’s neighbor contacted us because she was very worried about Lillian’s situation in a nursing home. Lillian was confused and in deteriorating physical health and developing bad bedsores. The food and care was inadequate. Nursing home staff had impatiently pushed her toward her bed, she fell and broke her leg. The nursing home staff was also abusing Lillian financially - applying for Medicaid and petitioning for guardianship to gain control of her income and assets, as well as declaring themselves representative payees and redirecting her Social Security to themselves.

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