What is a Care Manager?
A geriatric care manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older persons and their families in meeting their long-term care needs.
FGCMA members have training in gerontology, social work, nursing, and/or counseling. They have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of services in their communities. FGCMA’s Online Membership Directory provides a list of names and contact information of qualified care managers in your area and throughout Florida.
Geriatric care managers help families adjust and cope with the challenges of aging by:
- Conducting care-planning assessments to identify problems, eligibility for assistance, and need for assistance;
- Screening, arranging, and monitoring in-home help or other services;
- Reviewing financial, legal, or medical issues and offering referrals to geriatric specialists to avoid future problems and conserve assets;
- Providing crisis intervention;
- Acting as a liaison to families at a distance, making sure things are going well and alerting families to problems;
- Assisting with moving an older person to or from a retirement complex, care home, or nursing home;
- Providing consumer education and advocacy;
- Offering counseling and support.