A geriatric care manager (GCM) is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families. Many geriatric care managers have training in gerontology, social work, nursing, or counseling.
Depending on the individual circumstance, geriatric care managers will:
- Conduct comprehensive assessments to identify current needs and help plan for the future
- Recommend, arrange and monitor in-home help or other services
- Review financial, legal, or medical issues and make appropriate referrals to other professionals
- Provide crisis intervention
- Act as a liaison to families at a distance, alert families to problems
- Provide objective perspective and help families to work together
- Assist with moving an older person to a more appropriate setting
- Provide consumer education and advocacy
- Offer counseling and support
Some GCM’s also provide family or individual therapy, money management, and conservatorship or guardianship assistance. GCM’s have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of services in their community.