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 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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