What is a Geriatric Care Manager?
A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a professional with a clinical or graduate degree in social work, nursing or psychology. GCMs specialize in assisting older adults and their families with determining arrangements for long-term care. A Their training and experience qualifies them to assess, coordinate, monitor and set up the delivery of services to older adults and their families. A Geriatric Care Manager will first make an assessment of the person’s physical condition, environment, financial status, cognitive ability and functional levels. After identifying the needs and any problems, the GCM will create a Plan of Care which details the services that are needed and any recommendations of cost effectiveness and quality.
If the family is interested, they can ask the GCM to locate and coordinate services, monitor services and make adjustments as needed. GCMs can assist with coordinating care at home or finding alternative living options. Through this entire process, the GCM will keep the family informed.