A geriatric care manager advocates for seniors
Caregivers are often overwhelmed with complex senior care issues and endless tasks. A geriatric care manager (GCM) could be a worthwhile addition to the caregiving team. Their expert help managing an older adult’s care could provide much-needed relief and solutions.
A GCM (sometimes called an aging life care expert) understands how to find and navigate local aging services. They act as an advocate for your older adult. Their goal is to improve your older adult’s quality of life and reduce family stress.
For those who are caring long-distance, hiring a GCM in your older adult’s area can give added peace of mind that a knowledgeable professional is close by and looking out for their best interests.
We explain what a GCM can help with, how much their services cost, what their qualifications are, and how to find one in your local area.
How do geriatric care managers help seniors and families?
- Housing – help evaluate and choose the right housing
- Home care services – determine services that are right for your older adult, help families hire and monitor those services
- Safety and security – monitor seniors at home, recommend technology to improve security or safety, watch for changes and potential risks of abuse or fraud
- Medical management – go to doctor appointments, facilitate communication between doctor, patient, and family, and make sure patient follows doctor’s instructions
- Communication – keep family members and health professionals up to date on your older adult’s well-being, alert everyone to changing needs
- Legal – refer to or consult with elder law attorney, provide expert opinion for courts in determining level of care
- Financial – may include review or supervision of bill paying, consulting with accountant or the person who has Power of Attorney
- Entitlements – provide information on Federal and state entitlements, connect families to local benefits programs
- Social activities – find social, recreational, or cultural activities to improve quality of life
How much does a geriatric care manager cost?
Most GCMs charge on a fee-for-service basis, but they all bill differently. Be sure to discuss all fees before making a commitment or signing any contracts.
Some insurance plans may be starting to cover this service – check your older adult’s coverage to find out.
What are a geriatric care manager’s qualifications?
A professional GCM is educated and experienced in fields related to care management, like social work, nursing, gerontology, or psychology.
They have a specialized focus on aging and senior care and are trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor, and provide services for older adults and their families.
They’re also experts in navigating the system and are familiar with the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities.
How to find a local geriatric care manager
- Visit the Aging Life Care Expert search page
- Enter your location (zip code, city, or state)
- Choose some GCMs in your area to interview
Be aware that this industry isn’t regulated, so it’s important to do some research before choosing a GCM to work with.
- Ask for references and verify them all
- Use this list of questions when evaluating a GCM
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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