- Ann Marie Hurley
What's in a name?
Elder Care, Geriatric Care, Senior Care, Aged Care?
We all know that words matter. We can hurt people’s feelings or be misunderstood with the wrong word choice.
You might be looking for Elder Care for a loved one. Or if you have a more professional connection to the field you may call it Geriatric Care Management. You might be looking for Aged Care or help for Senior Citizens. You might even just be searching for help for mom or how to keep dad safe at home.
What might each of these mean?
Elder Care seems to be a more gentle usage, but others may prefer the phrase care for older adults or senior care. There is a nice connection to the phrase “respect for elders”
Senior Care as a term is most often used when discussing senior living options or connecting to the related terms senior citizen or senior center in a local town or village.
Aged Care or Aging Life Care
These two other variations add to the
categories we include to describe the field.
This more formal term seems to be most often used by professionals in the field. In fact there are professional organizations that use this language.
Regardless of how we name the field, here is what these Care Managers do. This list comes from National Institute of Health
Discuss difficult topics and complex issues
Make home visits and suggest needed services
Address emotional concerns
Make short- and long-term plans
Evaluate in-home care needs
Select care personnel
Coordinate medical services
Evaluate other living arrangements
Provide caregiver stress relief
This is exactly what we do for our clients!
Luckily whatever you call our field, we will be glad you called us. And you will be too!