A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is a social service professional who specializes in assisting older and disabled individuals and their families with long or short-term care arrangements.
After conducting a thorough assessment, the GCM creates and coordinates a plan of care with the goal of improving the client’s quality of life, while allowing the individual to maintain independence as long as possible.
Professional Geriatric Care Managers have extensive knowledge of area resources including costs, quality and availability. They possess psychological expertise in counseling and the geriatric field. Based on the client’s level of functioning, health, emotional state and finances, a GCM can identify needs and problems and offer timely, practical and cost-effective solutions.
We integrate health care and psychological care with the appropriate combination of services such as: housing, home care services, programs for socialization, financial and legal planning. Care plans are modified as needed and services are monitored on an ongoing basis. The GCM is available around the clock to assist in crisis intervention. We also act as a liaison for families who are not living near their elderly loved one.
During a time of transition and challenge for the client and his or her family, a Geriatric Care Manager is an invaluable source of information, as well as an advocate for the client. The GCM will maintain regular contact and open communication with clients and families, as well as an awareness of their ever-changing and evolving needs.
Services Provided by the Geriatric Care Manager:
As parents age and begin to need more help and care from their children, the family of origin enters what the author calls the “twilight transition.” Most adult children are unprepared for this new and challenging phase of life, and it can be especially difficult to find themselves suddenly working alongside adult siblings while they navigate the array of challenges and complications that inevitably arise. This bookis a guide to working productively with siblings (and other family members), while attempting to attend to the changing needs of aging parents. Informed by interviews with a variety of experts in the field, the author offers practical advice on minimizing conflict while handling family responsibilities such as: negotiations regarding care giving, inequities in contributions of money and time, and figuring out who will make medical, financial and other decisions. Having lived this experience firsthand, the author gives suggestions about coping with family rivalries, resentments and past hurts. She points out the importance of avoiding discord, while encouraging empathy for fellow family members, the ultimate goal being the transformation of an often dreaded and intimidating job into an enriching experience for everyone involved.
The concept that a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle will keep us young forever needs to be questioned, according to journalist Susan Jacoby. In this new book, she tackles the myth that we can defy aging, and presents a well-researched picture of the realities that older Americans face. While some will find her outlook pessimistic, she nevertheless offers valuable insights into issues of aging that many readers will find enlightening and helpful.
Online Resources and Helpful Links:
Watch a short clip about Geriatric Care Managers on CBS News:
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)