What is a Geriatric Care Manager?

What is a Geriatric Care Manager? A geriatric care manager is someone who can be hired for a fee to assess an older person’s social and medical needs, arrange services and monitor care on an ongoing basis. An initial consultation typically runs $175, and hourly fees average $74, according to a recent AARP survey.  A well-trained care manager can help individuals remain as independent as possible by assessing the alternatives, whether it’s living at home with assistance or in other situations, such as supportive housing or assisted living facilities.
A geriatric care manager has been educated in various fields of human services — social work, psychology, nursing, gerontology — and trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services for the elderly and their families. Advocacy for older adults is a primary function of the care manager. We belong to the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers and are certified by one of the three certification organizations for care management — the National Association of Social Workers, the National Academy of Certified Care Managers, or the Commission for Case Managers.

Benefits of hiring geriatric care manager:

  • Assess the level and type of care needed and develop a care plan
  • Take steps to start the care plan and keep it functioning
  • Make sure care is received in a safe and disability friendly environment
  • Resolve family conflicts and other family issues relating to long term care
  • Become an advocate for the care recipient and the family caregiver
  • Manage care for a loved one for out-of-town families
  • Conduct ongoing assessments to monitor and implement changes in care
  • Oversee and direct care provided at home
  • Coordinate the efforts of key support systems
  • Provide personal counseling
  • Help with Medicaid qualification and application
  • Arrange for services of legal and financial advisors
  • Manage a conservatorship for a care recipient
  • Provide assistance with placement in assisted living facilities or nursing homes
  • Monitor the care of a family member in a nursing home or in assisted living
  • Assist with the monitoring of medications
  • Find appropriate solutions to avoid a crisis
  • Coordinate medical appointments and medical information
  • Provide transportation to medical appointments
  • Assist families in positive decision making
  • Develop long-range plans for older loved ones not now needing care


Hiring a care manager should be no different than hiring an attorney to help with legal problems or a CPA to help with tax problems.

Most people don’t attempt to solve legal problems on their own. And the use of professional tax advice can be an invaluable investment. The same is true of using a care manager. Unfortunately, there are too few care managers and the public is so poorly informed about the services of a care manager that help that could be provided goes lacking.

The irony of not using a care manager is that most families, given the opportunity to use the care manager, think they can do it themselves and will not pay the money. Yet the services of a care manager will probably save them considerably more money than do-it-yourself. The cost of the care manager might be only a fraction of the savings the care manager could produce. Care manager services can also greatly reduce family and caregiver stress and help eliminate family disputes and disagreements. Depending on the country and healthcare organization, professional fees for the services of geriatric care managers may be billed privately on a fee-for-service basis. In the United States, they are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare nor by most private health insurance policies. However, clients may be able to bill some services to long-term care insurance, depending on the history of the individual case.

What is Geriatric Care Management?

A geriatric care manager is a professional. They may be a social worker, nurse, gerontologist, counselor, or other professional. Geriatric care management (GCM) provides assistance for you and your loved one in finding resources, making decisions, and managing stress. Geriatric care management provides “one-stop shopping” for care for you and your loved one.

Why would someone need Geriatric Care Management?

GCM is especially helpful for long distance caregivers but is helpful for anyone needing some extra guidance and help in caring for someone with dementia. GCM can help families and ill loved ones cope with complex issues. A geriatric care manager also can help families and their loved ones with decisions connected to aging. This includes assistance in all aspects of long-term care, whether at home, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing facility. If your loved one requires special services or changes occur in their health or life, then geriatric care management (GCM) may be helpful for you.

What Services do Geriatric Care Managers Provide?

A geriatric care manager coordinates care and services to meet the full social, emotional, physical, and healthcare needs of your loved one. However, care managers do not specialize in all areas. It is important to find out whether a specific care manager has experience in dealing with your specific needs. Geriatric care managers might help in some of the following ways:

They conduct an in-person assessment. 

A thorough assessment allows the care manager to understand your needs, customize their plans, and perform services specifically to meet you and your loved one’s needs. Interview questions cover a range of issues relevant to your loved one’s health and living situation. These issues include everyday activities, nutritional status, safety, memory, depression, finances, insurance, health history, and more.

They make a care plan.

A care plan includes the results of the assessment, recommendations, and referrals for local community options. The care manager will go into great depth in explaining some of the details of the plan, what led to the recommendations, and what you can expect. They will then help to prioritize the list.

Texas Geriatric Care Managers

Accountable Aging, Midland, Odessa, Big Spring TX Geriatric Care Managers

Accountable Aging Care Management®

8213 Shoal Creek Blvd, Ste 104 | Austin, TX 78757
Accountable Aging Care Management (AACM) is Care Management Consultants. If you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. AACM is a full-service professional care management company offering unique consultative and personalized care services to the elderly, disabled and their families. Our care management services make it possible to remain at home to ‘age in place’. We can assess your situation and recommend the right combination of services for your budget and your personal needs. Care Managers at AACM are highly trained and credentialed specialists with comprehensive knowledge of health professionals and resources in the community. Serving Austin, Bastrop, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Leander, Pflugerville, Round Rock and San Marcos, TX. MORE DETAILS >>


Accountable Aging, Midland, Odessa, Big Spring TX Geriatric Care Managers

Accountable Aging Care Management®

5930 Royal Lane, #105 | Dallas, TX 75230
Accountable Aging Care Management (AACM) is Care Management Consultants. If you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Accountable Aging Care Management® (AACM) can help. AACM is a full-service professional care management company offering unique consultative and personalized care services to the elderly, disabled and their families. We can assess your situation and recommend the right combination of services for your budget and your personal needs. At Accountable Aging, communication is what we do best. Care Managers at AACM are highly trained and credentialed specialists with comprehensive knowledge of health professionals and resources in the community. Serving the Dallas Metro-Plex including Denton and Plano, TX. MORE DETAILS >>


Accountable Aging, Midland, Odessa, Big Spring TX Geriatric Care Managers

Accountable Aging Care Management®

13300 Old Blanco Road #260 | San Antonio, TX 78216

Management (AACM) is Care Management Consultants. If you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Accountable Aging Care Management® (AACM) can help. AACM is a full-service professional care management company offering unique consultative and personalized care services to the elderly, disabled and their families. We can assess your situation and recommend the right combination of services for your budget and your personal needs. At Accountable Aging, communication is what we do best. Care Managers at AACM are highly trained and credentialed specialists with comprehensive knowledge of health professionals and resources in the community.Serving the San Antonio Metro-Plex.  MORE DETAILS >>

Accountable Aging, Midland, Odessa, Big Spring TX Geriatric Care Managers

Accountable Aging Care Management®

1511 S Texas Ave #122, College Station, TX 77840

Accountable Aging Care Management (AACM) is Care Management Consultants. If you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. AACM is a full-service professional care management company offering unique consultative and personalized care services to the elderly, disabled and their families. Our care management services make it possible to remain at home to ‘age in place’. We can assess your situation and recommend the right combination of services for your budget and your personal needs. Care Managers at AACM are highly trained and credentialed specialists with comprehensive knowledge of health professionals and resources in the community. Serving Belton, Bryan, College Station, Corsicana, Ennis, Temple and Waxahachie, TX. MORE DETAILS >>

Accountable Aging, Midland, Odessa, Big Spring TX Geriatric Care Managers

Accountable Aging Care Management®

Serving Fort Worth and Arlington, TX
Accountable Aging Care Management (AACM) is Care Management Consultants. If you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Accountable Aging Care Management® (AACM) can help. AACM is a full-service professional care management company offering unique consultative and personalized care services to the elderly, disabled and their families. We can assess your situation and recommend the right combination of services for your budget and your personal needs. At Accountable Aging, communication is what we do best. Care Managers at AACM are highly trained and credentialed specialists with comprehensive knowledge of health professionals and resources in the community. Serving the areas of Fort Worth and Arlington, TX. MORE DETAILS >>


Accountable Aging, Midland, Odessa, Big Spring TX Geriatric Care Managers

Accountable Aging Care Management®

Serving Midland, Odessa and Big Spring, TX
Accountable Aging Care Management (AACM) is Care Management Consultants. If you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Accountable Aging Care Management® (AACM) can help. AACM is a full-service professional care management company offering unique consultative and personalized care services to the elderly, disabled and their families. We can assess your situation and recommend the right combination of services for your budget and your personal needs. At Accountable Aging, communication is what we do best. Care Managers at AACM are highly trained and credentialed specialists with comprehensive knowledge of health professionals and resources in the community. Serving the areas of Midland, Odessa and Big Spring, TX. MORE DETAILS >>


Geriatric Care Austin, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Round Rock

arrangeCARE

8127 Mesa Dr. Suite B206, PMB 317 | Austin, TX 78759
arrangeCARE provides a team of licensed and experienced professionals with 70+ years of combined experience in long-term care. We specialize IN nurse/social work care management and special needs case management. We work in Austin, Texas and THE surrounding areas. Our friendly, skilled staff puts clients first. We offer years of experience, and OUR commitment to providing the best solutions means superior results. Services are paid privately or may be covered by long-term care insurance. SERVICES are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Our rates are competitive and our service is client focused. FREE 15 minute consultation. Serving Austin, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Georgetown and Round Rock, TX.  MORE DETAILS >>


Sundance Care Specialists - Houston Geriatric Care Managers - Doug Reuschel

Sundance Care Specialists

2950 N. Loop West, Suite 500 | Houston, TX 77092

Doug Reuschel is the owner of Sundance Care Specialists – an Aging Life Care Company serving Houston and surrounding areas. With over 25 years experience helping people we are here to help. We can you save you time, energy and money. We have the contacts and know who to talk to, what to ask, when to act, where to go and how to best connect you with available services. Our expertise includes extensive knowledge about costs, quality, and availability of resources in the community. We can help create a customized plan that will help ensure that your loved one receives the best care and coordination possible. Conveniently Serving: Baytown, Bellaire, Conroe, Houston, Katy, Kingwood, Pearland, Spring, Sugar Land, and Tomball, TX.  MORE DETAILS >>

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