Geriatric Care Management

Managing all the care needs for someone can truly become a full-time job. Geriatric Care Management provides a solution for those who simply do not have the time to provide for all the care management themselves. Find a Geriatric Care Manager in your state.

Reasons for hiring a Geriatric Care Manager

  • Adult Children who are short on time because they are still raising their own children (Sandwich Generation) and maintaining full-time jobs
  • Adult Children who do not live near their parents
  • Siblings who want to avoid disagreements connected to one of them acting as the Care Manager
  • Seniors who do not want their children to be responsible for their care
  • Seniors who do not have any family members available to manage their care
  • Seniors who have multiple medical conditions and need a professional to help navigate the best care solutions
  • Seniors who find it easier to communicate with a non-family member due to emotional issues or memory loss

Geriatric Care Management Overview

Minimum Hours: A Geriatric Care Manager may be hired for a one-time assessment of an individual to determine their care needs and coordinate a plan of care or for on-going services. Usually there is a flat-fee for the initial assessment which is charged by the hour and 1 to 3 hours may be needed.

Cost: Between $60 and $120 per hour typically, depending on your location.

Schedule: Geriatric Care Managers will meet with a client one time or on an on-going schedule to keep care on track and to accompany the senior to doctor appointments or other necessary appointments, such as visiting potential care communities.

Credentials: Registered Nurses (R.N.), Licensed Counselors of Social Work (LCSW), and Counselors of Psychology and sometimes Attorneys.

Certifications: Certification requires education qualifications (nursing, counseling, gerontology) and supervision, work experience, written exams and ongoing continuing education to maintain the certificate. Following are the 4 certifications currently offered.

  • Care Manager Certified (CMC)
  • Certified Case Manager (CCM)
  • Certified Social Worker Case Manager (C-SWCM)
  • Certified Advanced Social Worker in Case Management (C-ASWCM)

Services Offered include Evaluation of:

  • Medical Care Needs
  • Caregiving Needs
  • Home Safety
  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Hygiene
  • Mental Anxiety or Depression
  • Financial Requirements
  • Insurances
  • Socialization

Plan of Care Includes:

  • Arrangement of Care Services
  • Coordination and Communication of Medical Care
  • Liaison between Family and Legal, Medical and Financial Providers
  • Connection to Community Resources
  • Assistance with Residential Placement or Relocation
  • Management of Care Providers (Caregivers or Caregiving Agency)

Benefits:

  • Provides Third-party to take out the emotional issues which may complicate care when family members are the care managers
  • Local manager to maintain accountability for care when children do not live nearby
  • Professional coordination and communication between all care service providers
  • Professional feedback on medical care
  • Advocate to interact with medical professionals during hospitalization or rehabilitation