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What Do Geriatric Care Managers Do?

Geriatric Care Managers (GCMs) are professionals who specialize in assisting older adults and their families in managing the complex and often challenging issues associated with aging. They provide comprehensive assessments, develop care plans, and coordinate services that address the unique needs of each client. Here are some of the specific tasks that geriatric care managers typically perform:

  • Assessing Needs: GCMs conduct thorough assessments of their clients' physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs. They also evaluate the client's living situation, financial resources, and support network.

  • Developing Care Plans: Based on their assessment, GCMs develop customized care plans that address their clients' needs and preferences. They identify appropriate services and resources, such as medical care, transportation, and home health aides.

  • Coordinating Services: GCMs help their clients access the services identified in their care plans, including coordinating medical appointments, arranging for transportation, and scheduling in-home care.

  • Advocating for Clients: GCMs serve as advocates for their clients, working to ensure that their rights and interests are protected. They may help resolve conflicts with family members, healthcare providers, or other service providers.

  • Monitoring Care: GCMs monitor the quality and effectiveness of the services provided to their clients, making adjustments to care plans as needed. They also provide ongoing support and education to family members and caregivers.

  • Managing Finances: GCMs may help their clients manage their finances, including paying bills, managing investments, and applying for benefits.

Overall, geriatric care managers play a critical role in helping older adults and their families navigate the complexities of aging, ensuring that their clients receive high-quality, coordinated care that meets their unique needs and preferences.

Please contact Sarah or Amy of Care Coordinators for Colorado to see how we can help. We provide free 30min consultations.


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