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Geriatric Care Manager


About geriatric care managers: Geriatric care managers specialize in taking care of aging people and are trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services to and for the elderly and their families.. Services include the following:
  • Visit clients in their home
  • Conduct a detailed needs assessment 
  • Suggest local caregivers, assisted living homes and nursing homes
  • Recommend specialists 
  • Take an ongoing role such as monitor care.
  • Advocate for older adults

Geriatric care managers have been educated in various fields of human services such as social work, psychology, nursing and gerontology.

Fees/Insurance: Fees for an initial consultation can range from $300 to $800, and ongoing fees of $60 to $150 an hour.
  Private insurance and federal programs do not generally cover the costs of a geriatric care manager. A long term care insurance policy may pay some of the costs. Rates vary by region. Some firms charge an initial assessment fee plus an hourly fee. Others bill by the hour only. Some firms also require a retainer to cover the last month’s bill.  Licensing: There is no standardized state licensing requirement for this group of professionals. Professional geriatric care managers are certified by one of . three certification organizations for care management — the National Association of Social Workers, the National Academy of Certified Care Managers, or the Commission for Case Managers. How to locate: You can locate a geriatric care manager through the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers at offsite link. Members are required to adhere to a code of ethics and standards of practice.  Before hiring a geriatric care manager, is it advisable to:
  • Check his/her credentials to determine whether the person is a member of the Aging Life Care Association offsite link ( formerly the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers). as well as a member in good standing of their basic professional organization — such as the National Association of Social Workers, the National Academy of Certified Care Managers, or the Commission for Case Managers. 
  • Check whether the person is certified by one of the certification boards. 
  • Ask for at least two references - and check with the people who wrote the references
  • Ask about experience, It is preferable to look for someone with at least three years of experience with the types of services you need..  
  • Find out whether the person is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and whether you have access to the person's mobile phone number or answering service.
  • Find out who the other people are on the manager's team - for example, nurses he/she works with and support staff.  This becomes important if you have a question and cannot wait for the care manager to return your call. 
  • Interview the candidate. Be sure you get along with and like the individual you are considering hiring.

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