Shelley Webb answered:Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) are professionals in the health care industry who either have a degree in nursing, social work, gerontology or psychology. They have experience in the care of aging loved ones and have a firm grasp on the financial, medical, and legal problems that people regularly encounter when planning eldercare. They know how to utilize the systems that are already in place in order to help to keep loved ones safe and as independent as possible while helping to utilize available monies for the maximum benefit.Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) are professionals in the health care industry who either have a degree in nursing, social work, gerontology or psychology. They have experience in the care of aging loved ones and have a firm grasp on the... More
Betty Long, RN, MHA answered:
In addition to helping aging parents remain independent and safe in their homes, geriatric care managers (GCMs) can also help find appropriate care facilities for elderly patients when their care at home can no longer be maintained safely. It is important to note that often, GCMs services' are not covered by insurance and thus are private pay. Hourly fees may range from $125 to $200 per hour.
There is a membership organization of geriatric care managers called the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) which provides listings of GCMs by zip code throughout the United States. Information on each member is available You can access the organization's website at www.caremanager.orgIn addition to helping aging parents remain independent and safe in their homes, geriatric care managers (GCMs) can also help find appropriate care facilities for elderly patients when their care at home can no longer be maintained... More
Anthony Cirillo answered:
Geriatric Care Management plans and coordinates the care of the elderly and/or disabled to improve their quality of life and to maintain their independence. The Geriatric Care Manager is trained in any of several fields nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. Just as there are patient advocates, think of a geriatric care manager as an advocate for seniors.The duties of a care manager include:
- Conducting care-planning assessments to identify needs.
- Putting a care plan together and then executing that plan.
- Screening, arranging, and monitoring in-home help.
- Acting as a liaison to families at a distance.
- Assisting with moving their clients to or from different care settings.
- Reviewing financial, legal, or medical issues and referring clients to experts for same such as estate planning, living wills, and family trust experts.
- Providing crisis intervention.
- Providing client and family education.
- Visiting clients on a regular, routine basis to make sure they are safe, doing well, eating properly, and taking needed medications.
- Making necessary medical appointments and assuring client gets to them.
- Identifying agencies and/or social services and other programs that client can avail.
- Monitoring the elder’s finances and paying bills.
Education and training for this profession vary as people come upon it from different paths. So you can find people with a various master’s degrees such as in social work, gerontology, psychology, or business administration.Entities that hire geriatric care managers include:
- Families and adult children of relatives too far away
- Banks and trust officers
- Physicians and allied health professionals
- Social service providers
- Gerontology professionals
- Senior housing communities
Geriatric Care Managers can earn from $28,000 to $85,000 or more annually depending on the specific job as well as the individual’s education, experience, responsibilities, and geographic location. Geriatric Care Managers offer something else for the client - the peace of mind that comes with knowing a loved one is being taken care of properly.Geriatric Care Management plans and coordinates the care of the elderly and/or disabled to improve their quality of life and to maintain their independence. The Geriatric Care Manager is trained in any of several fields nursing, gerontology,... More
Geriatric care managers assist older people and families facing challenging care decisions. Their training may include nursing, social work, counseling, or gerontology.
An experienced geriatric care manager can help you navigate the tangles of family dynamics, round up medical care and necessary services, keep medical personnel on the same page, and cut through the baffling red tape of private businesses and government bureaucracies. Some of the tasks these professionals routinely undertake are:
- evaluating needs
- connecting people to helpful services, senior housing, and long-term care facilities
- bringing families together to discuss options supportively
- hiring and monitoring home care personnel
- communicating with specialists, hospital and home care staff, and family members to coordinate care
- alerting families to financial, medical, or legal problems and suggesting ways to circumvent difficulties
- helping with a move to assisted living, a nursing home, an Alzheimer's care unit, or other facilities
Working with a geriatric care manager can be costly but extremely helpful, especially if you are scrambling to arrange care from far away. Sometimes such expertise can save money and regrets as well as time. Geriatric care managers usually charge by the hour. Rarely, the cost is paid by long-term care insurance. More commonly, the client or family pays. Be sure to get a written agreement outlining the scope of services offered and costs. This can also help you decide which tasks, if any, might be undertaken by family and friends to save money.
Contact the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers for more information or to locate a geriatric care manager.Geriatric care managers assist older people and families facing challenging care decisions. Their training may include nursing, social work, counseling, or gerontology.An experienced geriatric care manager can help you navigate the tangles of family... More
Dr. Goldina Erowele answered:Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) are awesome caregivers. They are healthcare professionals with nursing, social work, gerontology or psychology backgrounds.
Geriatric Care Managers do not specialize in all areas. When a Geriatric Care Manager says s/he practices “care management,” find out her/his areas of expertise. You will want to hire someone who regularly handles clients with similar needs.
Geriatric Care Managers who primarily work with older adults bring more to their practice than an expertise in geriatrics. They bring knowledge of aging issues that allows them and their staff to overcome the myths relating to aging and to focus on the problems at hand. At the same time, they will bring an experience of working with resources in your community. They are most aware of real life problems, health and otherwise, that emerge as persons age and the tools that are available to address those issues. They are also connected with a community of social workers, nurses, psychologists, elder law attorneys, advocates, and other elder care professionals who may be of assistance to you.
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers recognizes the following certifications (all of which require testing and continuing education):
- Care Manager Certified (CMC), from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM)
- Certified Case Manager (CCM), from the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)
- Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM) from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM), from the National Association of Social Workers.
For more on GCMs, please visit http://www.caremanager.org/why-care-management/selecting-a-care-manager/Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) are awesome caregivers. They are healthcare professionals with nursing, social work, gerontology or psychology backgrounds. Geriatric Care Managers do not specialize in all areas. When a Geriatric Care... More