The client’s needs often change over time, and an important aspect of the plan of care is that the gerontologist stays in touch with the client. What we find is that the level and types of care required change over time. For example, if the client becomes sick, they may require extra care for a few days; or if they have surgery they may require nursing support during the recovery period.
An important aspect of every case is good communication, with the family, the client and the client’s doctor. This can be especially helpful when the children are out-of-state or being pulled in other directions by career and their children’s needs.