Professional ElderCare Services for those who wish to remain at home. Based on Long Island, New York our senior care specialists provide comfort and peace of mind for families with aging loved ones. 

We specialize in geriatric counselingin-home psychiatric evaluations and we curate premium services that our elderly clients may need to remain independent in their home. We can help you qualify for Medicaid and a multitude of government benefits to help you save money and protect your assets. 

How Can A Geriatric Care Manager Save Me Money?

It’s counter-intuitive, but true for many people. Hiring a GCM either for a one-time assessment or for ongoing support is likely to lower your expenses in the long run by helping you plan ahead and avoid hasty decisions that might prove unnecessary or overly expensive.

If you care for a loved one at home, for example, a GCM can help you decide which home care services may be necessary, and help you supervise that care. A GCM may help with financial planning for future care, working as a liaison with a person’s power of attorney, elder law attorney and financial planner, perhaps helping caregivers avoid costly mistakes (such as I made when applying for Medicaid for Mom). GCMs should also be able to give you information about entitlement programs and benefits for veterans.

Caregiver stress and burnout: What you need to know

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors: changes in the family dynamic, household disruption, financial pressure, and the added workload. So is it any wonder that caregivers are some of the people most prone to burnout?

Caregiver stress can be particularly damaging, since it is typically a chronic, long-term challenge. You may face years or even decades of caregiving responsibilities. It can be particularly disheartening when there’s no hope that your family member will get better. Without adequate help and support, the stress of caregiving leaves you vulnerable to a wide range of physical and emotional problems, ranging from heart disease to depression. When caregiver stress and burnout puts your own health at risk, it affects your ability to provide care. It hurts both you and the person you’re caring for. The key point is that caregivers need care too. Managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your family member gets to his doctor’s appointment or takes her medication on time. Signs and symptoms of caregiver stress and burnout

Common signs and symptoms of caregiver stress

  • Anxiety, depression, irritability
  • Feeling tired and run down
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Overreacting to minor nuisances
  • New or worsening health problems
  • Common signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout
  • You have much less energy than you once had
  • It seems like you catch every cold or flu that’s going around
  • You’re constantly exhausted, even after sleeping or taking a break
  • You neglect your own needs, either because you’re too busy or you don’t care anymore
  • Your life revolves around caregiving, but it gives you little satisfaction
  • You have trouble relaxing, even when help is available
  • You’re increasingly impatient and irritable with the person you’re caring for
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling increasingly resentful
  • Drinking, smoking, or eating more
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Cutting back on leisure activities

How Does Depression In the Elderly Differ From Depression in Younger Adults?

Depression impacts older people differently than younger people. In the elderly, depression often occurs with other medical illnesses and disabilities and lasts longer. Depression in the elderly often increases their risk of cardiac diseases. Depression doubles an elderly person's risk of cardiac diseases and increases their risk of death from illness.

At the same time, depression reduces an elderly person's ability to rehabilitate. Studies of nursing home patients with physical illnesses have shown that the presence of depression substantially increases the likelihood of death from those illnesses. Depression also has been associated with increased risk of death following a heart attack. For that reason, making sure that an elderly person you are concerned about is evaluated and treated is important, even if the depression is mild.

Studies show that Medication combined with Counseling can be very beneficial in the treatment of depression. Our Psychiatric Nurse, Rachelle Goldman has years of experience in counseling and diagnosing those with cerebral distress. Call today at (516) 422-2025 or Click here to schedule a consultation with our team of Senior Care Specialists.