Ins and Outs of Geriatric Care Managers

by on August 31st, 2010
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Geriatric care managers (GCMs) come from various backgrounds mostly nursing and social work. When families meet a GCM it would be helpful to develop a list:

· Medications taken · Doctors name with contact information · Emergency contact information · Advance care planning documents

Many GCMs will compile information provided by the family, senior, and information gathered from the assessment to create a care plan. Care plans are generally flexible and should be updated at least every three months or when significant changes occur. Geriatric care managers can be found online at http://www.caremanager.org. This website provides a listing of all GCMs who are affiliated with the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers. Families should consider a GCM’s availability, adaptability, and knowledge of resources when looking for a GCM. Families should also consider a GCM’s geographical area. In an emergency how soon can the GCM respond to your loved one? Remember to check credentials and choose wisely.

Cassandra Hill, M.A. Gerontology, LBSW


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