A Geriatric/Aging LifeCare Manager (GCM) is a health/human service specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. They are trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management, including areas such as nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. Professional GCMs are certified, and committed to adhering to the industry’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The Option Group requires GCMs to attend continuing education classes to stay abreast of the most current information to help families make critical decisions. The Option Group is an advocate for clients and their families.
A GCM assists older adults and persons with disabilities in attaining their maximum functional potential. In addition, the Geriatric Care Manager is an experienced guide and resource for families of older adults or those with chronic needs including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or those exhibiting symptoms of dementia.
When families look for help from a Geriatric Care Manager, it’s often at a time of turmoil, transition, or crisis. A Certified Geriatric Care Manager can help sort out the issues quickly and professionally, to increase safety for the senior, and afford the family peace of mind.
Seniors and their families will also benefit from working with a GCM before their lives reach a point of crisis. The GCM can help identify areas of concern, assess the needs and desires of the senior and the family, coordinate appropriate services earlier, therefore extending a senior’s ability to age in place. This foresight and pre-planning will allow for the availability of many more options for the senior and family, and potentially avert some of the crises experienced by many frail elderly and their caregivers.
The services offered by a GCM help the family find better and more efficient ways of providing care for a loved one. It is no different than hiring an attorney to help with legal problems or an accountant to help you with tax problems. It is a good idea to seek professional advice for legal or tax problems and makes just as much sense to use a care manger.