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.

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?”

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 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 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 insure 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.

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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