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About EldercareNY

EldercareNY's Director, Steven Schwartzman, is a cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (1981). He earned his master's in social work from Fordham University in New York City in 1985. He worked for 5 years in a hospital in Brooklyn, and then worked for 4 years as a medical social worker for various home care agencies. In this capacity he became experienced in visiting clients and their families in their homes. EldercareNY has emerged from Mr. Schwartzman's thriving private practice in Geriatric Care Management.

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     What Is a Geriatric Care Manager?
     Solving Problems
     Relevant Practical Experience
     Selected Professional Affiliations
     Selected Lectures and Presentations

What Is a Geriatric Care Manager?

A geriatric care manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older people and their families in meeting their long-term care arrangements. Geriatric care managers have training in gerontology, social work, nursing, and/or counseling.

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Solving Problems

Whether you’re in a caregiving crisis or want to know what you need to know to avoid one, a consultation with EldercareNY can be arranged to solve numerous caregiving and family challenges. We serve the five Boroughs of New York.

  • Conduct care-planning assessments to identify problems, eligibility for assistance, and need for services;
  • Screen, arrange and monitor in-home help or other services;
  • Review financial, legal, or medical issues and offer referrals to geriatric specialists to avoid future problems and conserve assets;
  • Provide crisis intervention;
  • Act as a liaison to families at a distance, on short-term or ongoing basis, making sure things are going well and alerting families to problems;
  • Assist with discharge planning from the hospital or rehabilitation facility
  • Specialize in arranging care for people with Alzheimer’s or memory loss problems who are often resistant to care
  • Assist with moving an older person to or from a retirement complex, assisted living facility or nursing home
  • Provide education and advocacy
  • Offer counseling and support

Often the cost of the care management services is offset by the money saved as a result of the Medicaid planning that can be done when care is needed at home, as opposed to a nursing home. In other words, in the 5 boroughs of New York City, even when there are assets, planning can be done so that Medicaid will pay for care at home, even 24 hour/7day care. See the section on "Paying for Care."

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Relevant Practical Experience

Steven Schwartzman provided case management and long-term planning to patients and their families with the following certified home health agencies:

- Nursing Sisters Home Visiting Services, Brooklyn
- Girling Health Care, Brooklyn
- VNS Home Care,  Brooklyn
- Visiting Nurse Association of Brooklyn, Brooklyn

Steven Schwartzman provided counseling and discharge planning to patients and their families on a 44 bed medical/surgical ward, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn.

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Selected Professional Affiliations

- National Association of Social Workers
- National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
- Brooklyn Caregivers Resource Committee
- Brooklyn Geriatrics Committee
- American Society on Aging
- National Council on the Aging
- Nursing Home Community Coalition
- National Family Caregivers Association
- International Association for Financial Planning
- Employee Assistance Professionals Association

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Selected Lectures and Presentations

New York County Lawyers Association, Elder Law Committee, "Obtaining 24 hour and Split Shift Care with Medicaid."

New York Technical College: "New York City Medicaid Home Care Program, Truths and Myths", guest speaker at elder law class.

Sephardic Community Center Caregiver Support Group, "When the Person with Dementia is Resistant to Care."

Long Island College Hospital, Social Work and Psychiatry staff, "How to Approach the Agitated Alzheimer's Patient, and How to Help the Family Plan for Care at Home."

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Certified Article 81 Training for Guardians and Court Evaluators, "Psycho-Social Aspects of Aging."

Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, "Coping and Caring" conference, "How to Interview and Hire a Home Health Care Worker."

Department of Finance of the City of New York, "How to Plan for the Care of Your Aging Relatives."

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