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Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family

Author(s): Cathy Jo Cress, MSW, Emphasis in Geriatric/Home Care Management, Master of Arts Degree Program, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  • ISBN-13: 9780763755850
  • ISBN-10:0763755850
  • Paperback    342 pages      © 2009
Price: $95.95 US List
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Care Managers: Working with the Aging Family addresses the unmet needs of care managers working with aging clients as well as the client's entire family. With its in-depth focus on the “ aging family system," this book fills a gap for medical case managers and geriatric care managers giving them tools to better meet the treatment goals of aging clients and their families, as the older clients move through the continuum of care in institutional based settings or community based settings.

Care Managers: Working With the Aging Family uniquely focuses on helping the entire family unit through the process of death and dying, helping midlife siblings to work together to render care to aging parents. It adds proven techniques to the care manager repertoire such as family meetings, forgiveness, technology, and care giver assessment. It offers multiple tools to do an effective care plan so that both the needs of the family and the older client are met.

Features & Benefits

  •  Students and GCM’s can move aging men and women through the continuum of care in the hospital while also supporting their family members
  • Students and GCM’s will learn to work with the long distance family and utilize technology to help the long distance family care for their aging family member. Text is supported by examples, charts and critical thinking questions
  • Students and GCM’s will learn all the basic tools a care manager must know to work with an aging family including organization skills, care planning, technology forgiveness skills, caregiving and consensus to help the aging family care for an older family member. Chapter includes case studies, charts and critical lists of all tools.

  • Students and GCM’s will learn to work with adult siblings to help them resolve old and new differences so that they can care for aging parents as a team

Applicable Courses

  • Introduction to Geriatric Care Management
  • The Business of Geriatric Care Management
  • Marketing Geriatric Care Management
  • Introduction to Aging
  • Death and Dying Course
  • Ethnicity and Aging
  • Age and Social Relations
  • Social Work Practice
  • Community & Community Services for the Aged 
  • You and Your Aging Parent
  • Community Programming and Advocacy
  • Geriatric Social Work


Introduction – Who Is the Family -Care Managers Working with the Aging Functional and dysfunctional family
Section I Care Managers working with the aging family in the Medical system

 Chapter 1: Care Managers –Navigating Families through the hospital to home 

Chapter 2: Care Managers helping aging Families communicate with a physician

Section II Care Managers working with aging family issues

Chapter 3: Working with Long Distance Families -Tools the Care Manager can use to help the Normal Family

Chapter 4: Assessing the Caregiver

Chapter  5: Tools to relive family caregivers strain and support family caregivers 

Chapter 6: Family Meetings and the Aging Family

Chapter 7: Working with Couples

Chapter 8: Working with Adult Aging Siblings

Chapter 9: Dying , Grief and Burial in the Aging Family

Section III Care managers working with Clinical Aging family issues

Chapter 10: Loss, Dependence and the Filial Crisis and the Aging Family- Parents Needing Care 

Chapter 11: Strategies and techniques for working with the Entitled Aging Family

Chapter 12: Forgiveness with the Aging Family


Cathy Jo Cress, MSW-Emphasis in Geriatric/Home Care Management, Master of Arts Degree Program, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

Cathy Jo Cress, MSW, Emphasis in Geriatric/Home Care Management, Master of Arts Degree Program, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

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