Elder Care for the Developmentally Disabled
There is an emerging need for Geriatric Care Management among aging Developmentally Disabled (DD) persons. Just like the rest of the baby boomer generation, more and more people with “childhood” disabilities are now entering their 60′s. Many are in their 70′s and 80′s. These people have disabilities that originated before they turned age 18—Autism, Downs Syndrome, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions. And many now have geriatric conditions—such as arthritic pains, hearing problems, vision problems, or even Parkinson’s Disease—that need to be appropriately addressed. Sadly, a person’s age-related conditions may not be recognized, or they may be incorrectly diagnosed as symptomatic of their neurological condition. All through their lives, the disease management model for these folks has been directed toward the single disease that dominates their health.
A consultation by one of Continuum’s Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) can assist to secure best care for a person with such disabilities by distinguishing which perceived problems might simply be normal aging. These people need not undergo invasive, painful, and/or frightening neurological exams for normal symptoms of aging. As we are all well aware, there is not yet a cure for aging. But there is care.
Continuum’s goal: discover what is real and true and address the cause while ameliorating the symptoms.
Call us at (661) 861-8628 to learn more.