What is a GCM?

What is a GCM?

What is a Certified Professional Geriatric Care Manager?

A certified professional geriatric care manager (GCM) is a health and human services specialist who is a guide, advocate and resource for families caring for older and/or disabled relatives. They are members of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, subscribe to their stringent Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and have achieved certification through a combination of an advanced degree, supervised experience and successful passage of a national examination.

The GCM may be trained in any of a number of fields related to long-term care. These include nursing, gerontology, social work, psychology, and other allied health professions, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. The GCM assists older adults and persons with disabilities reach their maximum functional potential. The individual’s independence is encouraged, while safety and security concerns are high priority.

GCMs have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in their communities. One call to an Age Alliance GCM will connect you with the appropriate services.

What can you expect from a care manager?

First and foremost we are heath advocates, problem solvers, resource guides mediators, and communicators.

What are the benefits of using a care manager?

  • Personalized and compassionate service focusing on the individual goals and needs of the person.
  • Accessibility of a care manager to assist with reaching the goals and supporting the needs of your loved one (usually available 24 hrs/7 days a week)
  • Continuity of care management – the care manager communicates with the family members ‘physicians service providers’, and other professionals.
  • Cost containment – will work toward preventing inappropriate placements, duplication of services, and unnecessary hospitalizations.
  • Quality control – oversee care that is put into place and focus on ensuring that care and assistance is appropriate professional and caring.

How do I pay for your services?

At this time geriatric care services are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, but are paid privately by the client or family member/relative. Long term care insurance providers will cover the cost of a GCM and as a reimbursable charge directly to the policy holder; some Employee Assistance Programs will also cover the cost of at least an initial assessment and evaluate the need for ongoing care and payment. Age Alliance accepts credit cards through PayPal, as well as personal checks for payment of services.

Is it Time to Seek Help?

No one wants to lose their independence, and it can be hard to balance your concern for loved ones and their safety with their right to make their own choices. The reality is that planning and making some small changes can add years of independence and happiness as we age. Any good plan requires not only knowing the resources, but knowing the best ways to approach someone who may be reluctant to make any changes. Seeking help before a crisis can make a dramatic difference in the outcome for you and your family.