Careers in Senior Care Management: How To Be a Geriatric Care Manager

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Do you have a passion for helping others, especially senior citizens? 

If so, we suggest combining your passions with your career and working as a geriatric care manager. As a geriatric care manager, you'll help families take care of their older relatives. Rather than delivering actual care, as home health aides do, geriatric care managers are responsible for planning and managing elderly care. 

But, how do you get involved with senior care management?

Check out this guide to discover how to become a geriatric care manager. 

What is a Geriatric Care Manager? 

Before we discuss how to become a geriatric care manager, let's dive a little deeper into what this position entails. As we mentioned, geriatric care members help organize and plan care for elderly persons. 

Here are some things you might do as a geriatric care manager:

  • Make both short and long-term healthcare plans for patients and their families
  • Discuss difficult issues with family members (ie, how to deal with a parent who has dementia)
  • Make home visits
  • Suggest services
  • Select home health aides and other care personnel to look after elderly persons
  • Provide stress relief for caregivers
  • Evaluate living arrangement options
  • Address emotional concerns of patients and family members
  • Coordinate medical services

As you can see, the role of a geriatric care manager is all-encompassing. Not only do you need to be armed with the right medical information for your clients, but you also need to be available as a source of emotional support. 

How to Become a Geriatric Care Manager 

So, what does it take to become a geriatric care manager? Here's what you need to do:

Earn a Bachelor's Degree 

First things first, you need to earn a bachelor's degree. You should earn a degree in nursing, social work, or healthcare administration. Geriatric care managers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but the majority of them hold at least a bachelor's degree. 

To set yourself apart from the competition, you may even want to consider earning a master's degree in nursing, public health, gerontology, or health services. During your final year of grad school, you should apply for work-study programs or internships. This way, you'll be able to gain hands-on experience and learn more about your chosen career. 

Apply for Work 

After completing your education, it's time to start applying for jobs. Most people gain some work experience in their degree field before transferring to a position in geriatric management. 

For example, if you have a degree in nursing, you'll like want to get a few years of work under your belt as a nurse before you apply for a position in geriatric care management. Whether you work as a nurse, social worker, or in some other field, try to land a job that involves working with the elderly population. This will be a huge advantage when you later apply for a job as a geriatric care manager. 

Earn Your Certification 

After you've been working in the field for at least two years, you'll want to apply to become a certified geriatric care manager. You can earn your certification through the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. 

Once you have a few years of experience as a manager, you may want to consider starting your own Senior Care Franchise

Are You Ready to Become a Geriatric Care Manager? 

Now that you know how to become a geriatric care manager, it's time to start your journey. Before you know it, you'll have launched your career. 

Be sure to check back in with our blog for more career guides like this one! 

 

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