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What is a Geriatric Care Manager?

Also known as Aging Life Care Professionals

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In the past, extended families often shared the job of tending to their senior loved ones. These days, families may live farther apart, and the responsibility for care can fall on one overwhelmed family member. The good news is that geriatric care managers can help.

A geriatric care manager, usually a licensed nurse or social worker who specializes in geriatrics, is a sort of "professional relative" who can help you and your family to identify needs and find ways to meet your needs.

Geriatric Care Managers, also now known as Aging Life Care Professionals, are health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults.

You may need a care manager if the person you are caring for:

  • has multiple medical or psychological issues

  • is unable to live safely in their current environment

  • is not pleased with current care providers and requires advocacy

  • is confused about their own financial and/or legal situation

  • has limited or no family support

Or if your family:

  • has just become involved with helping the individual and needs direction about available services

  • is either "burned out" or confused about care solutions

  • has limited time and/or expertise in dealing with the individual's chronic care needs and does not live close by

  • is at odds regarding care decisions

  • needs education and/or direction in dealing with behaviors associated with dementia

Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:

  • Assessment and monitoring

  • Planning and problem-solving

  • Education and advocacy

  • Family caregiver coaching

Hiring a care manager should be no different than hiring an attorney to help with legal problems or a CPA to help with tax problems.  

Below is a partial list of services they provide:

  • Assess the level and type of care needed and develop a care plan

  • Take steps to start the care plan and keep it functioning

  • Make sure care is received in a safe and disability friendly environment

  • Resolve family conflicts and other family issues relating to long term care

  • Become an advocate for the care recipient and the family caregiver

  • Manage care for a loved one for out-of-town families

  • Conduct ongoing assessments to monitor and implement changes in care

  • Oversee and direct care provided at home

  • Coordinate the efforts of key support systems

  • Provide personal counseling

  • Help with Medicaid qualification and application

  • Arrange for services of legal and financial advisors

  • Manage a conservatorship for a care recipient

  • Provide assistance with placement in assisted living facilities or nursing homes

  • Monitor the care of a family member in a nursing home or in assisted living

  • Assist with the monitoring of medications

  • Find appropriate solutions to avoid a crisis

  • Coordinate medical appointments and medical information

  • Provide transportation to medical appointments

  • Assist families in positive decision making

  • Develop long range plans for older loved ones not now needing care

Depending on the country and health care organization, professional fees for the services of geriatric care managers may be billed privately on a fee-for-service basis.

In the United States, they are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare nor by most private health insurance policies. However, clients may be able to bill some services to long term care insurance, depending on the history of the individual case.


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