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New Canaan's Waveny Offers Help To Families

Waveny Care Network’s Geriatric Care Management team Melissa Mayernik and Joan Merrill.
Waveny Care Network’s Geriatric Care Management team Melissa Mayernik and Joan Merrill. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. —If you are having trouble caring for your elderly parent New Canaan’s Waveny Care can help you through its Geriatric Care Management team.

“We do as much or as little as is needed to make the situation work and the individual and family to feel comfortable,” said Joan Merrill, one of Waveny’s professional care managers, said in a news release from Waveny.

“Waveny’s Geriatric Care Management team often turns out to be a convenient solution for adult children who live out of state and need someone to supervise their elderly parent’s care. In these cases, we sometimes find ourselves assuming the roles of surrogate family members,” the release said.

The geriatric care managers work with attorneys, physicians, social services, and families to ensure their clients can remain safe at home, including making sure of access to medication and medical appointments, help homemaking, shopping, and much more, the release said. They will also assist those living on their own by offering guidance, reassurance, and advocacy if needed.

“We can coordinate travel arrangements, locate a qualified caregiver to accompany the person en route, and even find professionals to help close the person’s home, right down to arranging for a tag sale. For someone who has lived in his or her home for 40 or 50 years, this is a very useful service,” Melissa Mayernik, Waveny care manager, said in the release.

The members of the team are on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Find out more information or talk to members of the team by visiting Waveny’s website or by calling the organization at 203-594-5249.

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