Geriatric Care Management

Understanding and taking care of your elderly loved one's needs can be a full-time job, and if those needs are complex or if you live a distance away, it can be very hard to do that job well. But before you throw up your hands in frustration, you may want to consider hiring a geriatric care manager.

Why Hire a Care Manager?

People hire a Care Manager because of the complexities involved in tending to the needs of the elderly. Health care is the primary consideration of most people seeking assistance.  Common concerns include the monitoring of medications; home safety issues; interaction with primary and emergency room physicians, and supervision of home care providers.  No one is more qualified to create a feasible care management plan than a certified geriatric care manager. 

Whether we are 2, 22 or 82, we all deserve to live a life that reflects the dignity and independence, peace and wellbeing that is every person's birthright. An increasing number of people are now living to an advanced age, and most prefer to maintain their independence, whether they are living in their own homes or a specialized senior care facility.  However, as we age, the parameters of independence and well-being change and, accordingly, our needs become altered as well.

In many cases, with or without the benefit of family assistance, additional supportive services are sometimes required.  Persons with a low income may be able to turn to government or non-profit agencies for support.  For those whose income is too high for publicly funded services, however, a different option has become available in recent years - private geriatric care management.


(Workshop Announcement)


With Diane Poole Heller

March 2-4, 2006

The impact of trauma cannot be understated, particularly when addressing problems that emerge within the context of adult relationships.

Our deepest core issues surface in intimate relationship as our wounds become more available due to the increased sense of vulnerability. When a person is in a state of constant hyper arousal it’s easy to become over-stimulated which can then cause one to shut down as a means of gaining some sense of control, thereby creating broken connection. Eventually the erratic behavior leads to a state of disrupted relationship. The question then is how do we create communication in conflict?

Origins of Trauma

  • Abuse
  • Abandonment
  • Violence
  • Political upheaval
  • Physical injury
  • Accidents
  • Natural disasters

All of these can have far-reaching effects within the context of relationship. Trauma re-enactment may be triggered when we are confronted by the discomfort of intimacy and the arousal of intense feelings.

Trauma Issues
  • Fear of contact
  • Lack of safety
  • Trust wounds
  • Boundary ruptures

How do these issues affect us in relationship and prevent us from participating in a non-threatening form of dialogue?

What we want to explore is the challenge of guiding the client through the freeze response, from a state of fixity to fluidity, to a place where they can be less reactive and experience greater spontaneity.

Questions we will examine
  • What are the inherent needs and desires that attract human beings to relationship in the first place?
  • What steps need to be taken in order to reintegrate?
  • How do we identify and separate self from other?
  • What are the universal truths we share that can overcome our ego defenses and lead us to a place of peaceful resolution?

We will also discuss the effectiveness of the power of presence and Somatic Experiencing®, a body-based integrative model through which you can learn how to ground your awareness in the body and clear fear, anxiety and anger from your nervous system and overall experience.


The White Crane Symbol

The White Crane is revered in many cultures throughout the world as a symbol of wisdom, fidelity, vigilance and discipline. They are frequently seen as messengers of the gods. In many myths and folktales the crane is portrayed as “the animal guide” who led the hero on his adventures. As a totem, cranes help bring light into the darkness and are associated with the ability to take people to higher levels of spiritual consciousness.
Cranes are also renowned for their spectacular and mesmerizing dances. Greek and Roman myths tended to portray the dance of cranes as a love of joy and a celebration of life.

It is the intention of the White Crane healing collaborative to provide a resource for healing and unity based on the principles of unconditional Love and compassion. The purpose of the collaborative is to facilitate a smooth transition into the new millennium and a new way of being which is both joyful and acknowledging of the celebration we call Life.

We invite you to join us as we journey towards our collective healing.

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