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About Diamond Geriatrics, the author, and  Care Management

Diamond Geriatrics, Inc. (604-874-7764) is  a  geriatric care management and consulting company, founded in 1995 by Peter  S. Silin, MSW, RSW. The company provides care management, counseling, and services/seminars  to business on issues of eldercare, caregivers, and the workplace. 

Peter S. Silin, MSW, RSW is the principal of Diamond Geriatrics, Inc. and is also an individual and couple therapist. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Newton High School.  He received his  bachelors degree from McGill University in Montreal, and a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto in 1980. Since then he has taken numerous courses including  hypnosis, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Reiki, and reflexology. Mr. Silin is a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

His twenty years of experience in  geriatrics includes working as a community long term care assessor, and on staff in nursing homes, extended care units, acute care, geriatric assessment units, and  in-patient and outpatient psychiatry. He continues to act as a consultant and speaker  in  nursing homes and  in industry and business.

Geriatric Care Management is a four part process, the goal of which is to 1) provide the support needed by an older person which would allow him or her  to live as happy and fulfilling a life as possible and 2) to provide support to the family caregivers. In a sense, the care manager becomes a member of the person's extended family, filling in where the family cannot. Sometimes, for an isolated senior, the care manager is the only family, and is hired by the individual him or herself, or a bank or trust company.

The first part of the process is the assessment phase in which the care manager sits down with the individual, family, and others who are involved. Together they  figure out what the issues are.  The care manager then develops a care plan, which  is a plan of action. It can include counseling for family or the individual, initiation of home care services, home evaluations,  adult day centres, geriatric assessments, medication monitoring, and/or other services.  After the plan of action is  discussed, modified where necessary, and approved,  it is implemented and monitored by the care manager with the family and individual.  The final part of the process is the evaluation. The care plan is continually evaluated to see if it is meeting the needs for which it was set up, and if the clients are satisfied with it. 

If an client is not able to remain at home, the geriatric care manager can help with the transition to a care facility. That process will include assessing what kind of facility is needed, matching the client to the appropriate facility, and planning and carrying out the move while providing emotional support to the client and family.  After admission  service can include monitoring the client's care  in the facility, attending conferences, and generally advocating on the client's and family's behalf.