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What is a Geriatric Care Manager?

Professional Geriatric Care Managers (PGCMs) specialize in assisting older people and their families manage the challenges of aging, encouraging independence and attaining the highest quality of life possible. They have training, and sometimes hold advanced degrees, in fields such as a social work, counseling, psychology, gerontology or nursing. Many care managers are licensed in the field specialty as required by their state. The services a care manager can provide vary and are based on what the client and family require. They assess a personís situation, identify solutions and needed services and create a plan that maximizes independence and quality of life. Care managers can be essential for long-distance caregivers as they keep them updated on their loved ones care, needs and options.

Care managers conduct a care-planning assessment, which identifies needs and creates a plan of care to offer solutions. They provide family consultations, locate, screen, and manage caregivers and medical services and act as a liaison for families living out of the area. Additionally, they can assist with moving an older person to alternative housing, providing conservator or guardianship services, attending medical appointments and communicating concerns with physicians and families.

Lastly, case managers provide crisis intervention when needed, as well as education about important issues to elders and their families so informed decisions can be made about care.

Care management usually begins with a family consultation where a comprehensive assessment of needs and plan of care is developed. Following the assessment the family may choose to oversee care on their own or hire the care manager for services. The senior and family determine the amount of involvement they want from the care manager; involvement may be short-term or ongoing.

The National Association of Professional Care Managers has over 2,000 members and has recently voted that all members be certified by 2010 to assure professional quality. There are four accepted certifications recognized:

  • 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.

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