Happy Geriatric Care Manager’s Month! The month of May is many things—the official start of summer and a time to celebrate graduations, weddings and Mom—but it is also National Geriatric Care Manager’s Month. A Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is an experienced professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with elder care arrangements.
How Does a Geriatric Care Manager Help Me?
GCMs have extensive knowledge about different senior living services in the community, including quality, cost, and availability. In addition, GCMs can connect you with the right services for you or your loved one.
Meeting Your Current Needs
Hiring a Geriatric Care Manager means you want to be proactive about your or your loved one’s current state of care. A GCM will personally assess your unique situation before developing a comprehensive care plan. By identifying what needs must be met now, your GCM can better plan a healthy and comfortable lifestyle for you. Your care plan will:
- Provide appropriate referrals to avoid higher cost of care
- Detail ways to age in place comfortably
Furthermore, your GCM will act as a liaison for long-distance caregivers and provide health related resources for your and your loved ones’ ongoing education.
Anticipating & Planning for Future Needs
GCM’s help with more than the here and now; they also help plan for your future. By providing guidance in anticipation of future needs, GCMs make any transition to a different level of care easier on you.
Lastly, GCMs will act as your senior adult and family advocate in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and rehabilitation. Time spent in these locations can be stressful, so it is always helpful to have a professional present with your personal needs in mind.
Where Can I Find a GCM?
Bethesda offers Geriatric Care Management as a complimentary service to its senior living residents. However, even if you are not a resident at one of our communities, you still have access to reliable GCMs.