You may be a family member who lives out of town and want someone to monitor your relative. You may feel you are stretched too thin between your own family, work, or other pressures. You may want the time you have with your relative to be one of quality and not just making sure that pills are taken, appointments are made, the house is clean or fighting about finances or other issues.
Geriatric care managers are hired by professionals in many different fields. Physicians, trust account managers, and lawyers are some of the people who call about our services. Diamond Geriatrics is available seven days a week. We have a much smaller caseload than the Long Term Case workers (who sometimes have 300 clients), so our clientele receives more attention and time. We are able to keep in close contact with you. We are the next best thing to doing it yourself. We are committed to wellness, not just maintenance. We work with our clients to help them achieve their maximum functioning level.
Our clientele includes the following:
Long distance Caregivers
Isolated seniors with no family
Individuals who are unable to access the public system
Caregivers who are part of the “Sandwich Generation”
Individuals who were recently discharged from hospital
Caregivers who want the best for their relative
Caregiving can often be a profoundly joyful and meaningful experience. It can also be difficult. It can bring up long standing family issues relating to parents or to and among siblings. Caregiving can entail family members having to work together, making decisions about the future, finances, or how care should be provided. Mediation is often helpful to families as they try to work through some of the issues that surface during the caregiving process.
To individual caregivers, issues of guilt, depression, anger or resentment sometimes surface. Without someone to talk to caregivers can get lost in these feelings. Sometimes the result is abuse of the person that they love. Counseling can help you resolve these feelings and find healthy and effective ways of coping.
For the elderly person, counseling can be a way to learn to cope with illness, aging or loss. They may not want to burden a spouse, or child but would welcome the opportunity to talk to someone. Counseling with older people can help them sort out their feelings and look at their options for the future, without pressure from family.
Fees for service are $120.00 per hour. The initial assessment can take between three and ten hours, excluding travel time, depending on how extensive it needs to be.
Lectures, seminars and workshops are $250.00 per hour, $500.00 per half day, $875.00 for a full day. Travel time may be charged. Discounts are available for non-profit groups and when purchasing multiple programmes.
Diamond Geriatrics principal is Peter Silin, MSW, RSW. Mr. Silin graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1980. He has since worked in psychiatry, family therapy, individual and couple therapy, as well as all areas of geriatrics and aging. Mr. Silin works with numerous other professionals in various fields related to aging including geriatric psychiatrists, geriatricians, pharmacists, occupational and physiotherapists, gerontological nurses.
Mr. Silin is also the author of “Nursing Homes: The Family’s Journey,” a guide for caregivers facing the practical and emotional issues involved in the transition to, and life in, a nursing home. The book is a complete guide to the whole process. It starts with how to talk to someone about care, and covers family issues, guilt and grief, preparation for moving, admission, finding and getting the best care, problem solving in the home, visiting, and death and dying. There are also seventeen stories written by caregivers themselves about what they went through and how they coped. for more information: www.nursinghomesbook.com.
Our fees are tax deductible as a medical expense. The also may be covered by several different sources: Employee Assistant Programmes (EFP), extended health coverage, such as by Sun Life, Manulife, and others, Veterans Affairs and through Native Health Benefits.