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Geriatric Care Managers Explained

Reviewed by: MySeniorCare Staff
Last Updated: 4/15/2011 1:39:34 PM

The numbers of older people that are living to advanced ages in the United States has been increasing steadily. Unsurprisingly, most seniors prefer to remain in home as they age (aging in place), made possible greatly with the assistance of family members and close friends. However, in many cases, even with family assistance, other supportive services may be required.

Finding the right care services can be one of the most difficult decisions you'll have to make along the way. Often times, seniors and their family members do not know precisely what type of assistance is required, their options for payment and their choices of insurance coverage.

In recent years private Professional Geriatric Care Managers (PGCM) have emerged as a great option for seniors and their families to help coordinate the proper level of care services required. From assessing a senior's needs and developing a plan of care, to providing invaluable advice on public and community resources, a well qualified PGCM can help seniors and their families make their life as comfortable as possible.

What Does a Professional Geriatric Care Manager Do?

Geriatric care management is generally defined as a service that assesses a senior's medical and social service needs, and then coordinates assistance from paid service providers and unpaid help from family members and friends.

A geriatric care manger is usually trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management, including, but not limited to:

  • Gerontology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

In addition to the above training, there is a specialized focus on issues related to aging, home health care, senior housing such as assisted living and skilled nursing homes.

A PGCM can also act as an experienced guide and resource for families of seniors with chronic medical conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and other forms of dementia.

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