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This is the time of year when so many people find there are some needs required for their relative who lives away from most family and no one has seen in about six months to a year. There has been a dramatic change in the circumstances of our family member’s abilities. And what can we do, we live so far away or perhaps don’t even know where to start.
The first thing to know is – if we believe there is a problem, and then we need to look into the matter. Is it really a problem; is safety or health in jeopardy? Or is this a onetime problem, perhaps due to being away from their home and familiar surroundings. All of this is question(s) to consider. And as we consider these situations, we must also consider our family member.
Looking at their lifestyle and lifetime, to gain answers of how to help them; perhaps the greatest help we can give them is to ‘let it be’. They are entitled to live their own life in the manner they wish, even when we don’t agree. However, if we do believe they are in danger by doing so, then we are obligated to look at resources to help them out. And probably the best tool at our command is the Geriatric Case Manager (GCM). This person knows how to assess the situation, determine if there are safeguards which can be put in place to help out and what community resources can be used.
Whatever, we decide, knows that this will probably not be the last time we will have questions and need answers? The GCM is the place to get these answers. Especially as community services continue to be cut due to dwindling funds.



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