What’s a Geriatric Care Manager, anyway?

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

So,what exactly does a Geriatric Care Manager do, one might ask? A geriatric care manager is a professional who specializes in assisting seniors and their loved ones in meeting their long-term care arrangements. This means we assess an individuals situation and develop a careplan that will provide as a guide for long term needs. We gather information from healthcare providers, assess the needs of the elderly person in their environment, research available public and/or private services and resources to meet the needs and communicate between all parties to keep information up to date and services appropriate and effective.

Care management may locate and arrange for services, screen and assist in hiring providers for home care, financial and legal services, home maintenance, meals, transportation and other services as needed. Care managers may accompany clients to medical appointments, coordinate services, monitor health and other home care providers and continually reassess the client.

Most geriatric care managers have a healthcare background, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent training in gerontology, social services work, nursing or counseling.

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