What Do I Need to Know about Geriatric Care Managers?

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August 25, 2022 •  The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC
As many family caregivers know all too well, caring for an elderly loved one can overwhelm you quickly.
Robert W. Haley, managing lawyer
Robert W. Haley
Certified Elder Law Attorney® Robert W. Haley brings over 27 years of legal expertise and knowledge to his firm, which concentrates solely on the areas of elder law, estate planning (Last Will & Testaments, Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Trusts, etc.,.) Asset Protection/Medicaid Planning and fiduciary services. For many years, Robert practiced in real estate law, and in general practice, but decided to narrow his focus to elder law and estate planning when he realized the tremendous need for proper planning to be filled in Southside Virginia.

"What Do I Need to Know about Geriatric Care Managers?" A lot of people and their loved ones find themselves at some point asking this exact question! Geriatric Care Managers (or GCMs) help seniors deal with their burdens in an efficient, organized manner. A geriatric care manager can simply make life easier for both you and your senior, says Seniors Matter’s recent article entitled “What is a Geriatric Care Manager?” 

In this case, Seniors Matter created a guide to provide seniors with detailed information about Geriatric Care Managers, including what they do and how to locate the most qualified individuals in your area. If you’re not sure about the role of a Geriatric Care Manager, it can be broken down into two parts: First of all, “Geriatric Care” simply refers to the practice of geriatric medicine, which focuses on health care services for elderly individuals. The second part of the phrase is quite straightforward, since a “manager” is simply someone with strong organizational skills who is in charge of making important decisions.

Geriatric Care Managers are knowledgeable and organized individuals skilled in advocacy and care coordination for seniors. They are specialists in senior care who can guide family caregivers and others in providing the best support for their seniors. In fact, many family caregivers think of Senior Care Managers or Geriatric Care Managers as unofficial family members.

They’re people you can trust to make the right choices when it comes to eldercare services, and they often develop bonds with the entire family.

Geriatric Care Managers have strong qualifications. Many of them have professional experience in case management, physical therapy, nursing, social work, or occupational therapy. Some have worked as gerontologists. Note that a GCM doesn’t need to directly provide seniors with all of the medical treatment they need. A significant part of their role involves finding other qualified medical professionals and senior care providers who can offer more specialized assistance.

GCMs are especially helpful in long-distance care situations. They can ensure quick response times in the case of an emergency. They serve as your 'boots on the ground' so to speak, when you can't be there yourself. They can make sure that situations are taken care of as they arise!

Even if the time commitment of informal caregiving isn’t an issue for you, a Geriatric Care Manager can be a welcome source of advice, guidance, and advocacy.

"What Do I Need to Know about Geriatric Care Managers?" Our firm can help you and your loved ones with answering questions like these! It’s much easier to feel confident about important decisions when you can consult with a qualified senior care manager who can help you with the complex issues associated with proper care coordination.

Reference: Seniors Matter (July 7, 2022) “What is a Geriatric Care Manager?”

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