What is a geriatric care manager?

A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for relatives. The GCM is trained and experienced in a variety of fields related to care management, including nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to care.

Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) provide much-needed solutions for the family of an adult child or aging parent in crisis. Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) can guide families through consultation/counseling, prioritizing needs, developing customized care plans, set up services and referrals to valuable resources, and ensuring that the care plan is implemented and monitored properly to foster positive outcomes.

The Care Manager assists clients in attaining their maximum functional potential.  The individual’s independence is encouraged, while addressing safety and security concerns as well. Care Managers are able to address a broad range of issues related to the well-being of their client. They also have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities.

Care managers help family caregivers through:

  • Assessment and monitoring
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Education and advocacy
  • Family caregiver coaching