What are Geriatric Care Managers?

Geriatric Care Managers

Geriatric care managers use a client-centered approach to working with older adults. They come from a variety of health and human services backgrounds. Some are nurses while others come from counseling and social work fields. They primarily help families make decisions regarding senior care and health, and then continue to work with the family to provide care management.

Geriatric Care Manager Services

While services offered by each geriatric care manager vary, most offer support with:


Senior housing choices - Helping to educate families on their options and then working with them to select a provider.

In-home care oversight - Assisting a senior in finding the right in-home care provider and helping to coordinate and monitor the care provided.

Coordinate medical information - Acting as a liaison between family members, the senior and multiple physicians and health care professionals involved in their care. They may attend physician appointments, outpatient therapy visits and more.

Social services - Helping families locate community resources that may help pay for in-home care, respite services, mobile meal deliveries and other necessary services.

Peace of mind - For busy adult children and long distance caregivers, geriatric care managers offer peace of mind. They can visit clients several times a week at their private home or senior living community to monitor their safety and satisfaction.

Cost of a Geriatric Care Manager

After completing an initial assessment, geriatric care managers typically charge an hourly rate for their services. The initial assessment will generally cost between $500 and $1,000. Hourly rates vary by geography. In more rural areas costs typically average about $100 per hour. In bigger cities the hourly rate is usually closer to $250 an hour.

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