What is a Geriatric Care Manager

What is a Geriatric Care Manager

Posted on May 16, 2014 by ElderCare Resources Phoenix in Blog, Caregiver Education, Education, Geriatric Care Management

Geriatric Care Managers

By: Christine DiChiara

Caregiving is a rewarding and loving experience if you are taking care of someone close to you. However, it can become stressful, confusing, and overwhelming. Geriatric Care Managers are trained and qualified individuals who are there to help you navigate the world of home care.

Geriatric Care Managers are Registered Nurses certified through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. They oversee all aspects of a client’s care, ensuring he/she receives proper health care services at home or in a facility. In many circumstances, these representatives act as the eyes and the ears for loved ones who are geographically limited in the support they can provide to their loved ones.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the families I assist. Many families struggle to figure out how to help their aging loved ones and they don’t know what to do or where to turn, and that is where I come in. It’s extremely rewarding to me, knowing that I make a difference in people’s lives and they make me feel like part of their own family,” Maria Jones, certified Geriatric Care Manager with 27 years of nursing experience.

What does a Geriatric Care Manager do?

  • Evaluate and access how independent a client is in their activities of daily living; such as bathing, getting to the bathroom, making meals and transportation
  • Bringing families together to discuss options for their loved one(s)
  • Coordinates care between hospital staff, home-care staff, and family members
  • Monitor the home care personal taking care of the client
  • Recognizes and finds new ways to work through financial, medical or legal issues
  • And much, much more

“I do everything that I can to make sure that a client is comfortable. I will find a plumber to fix a broken toilet and even a landscaper to spruce up the exterior of a client’s home. Whatever they need, I am here for them to call or email. Families count on me to provide their loved one with compassion and understanding. And I do that for them”, says Jones.

If you are struggling to care for a loved one, physically or emotionally, then seeking help from a Geriatric Care Manager could be very beneficial. They will be the contact person who is often available 24/7, if you have any questions or concerns regarding care decisions.

With their guidance, family members and friends can have peace of mind for their loved one, knowing that they are being given quality care to maintain an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own home.

Published: Senior Style