How to find a geriatric care manager
You can find qualified local geriatric care managers by visiting the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers’ website at caremanager.org
. On the site, you can click on "Find a Care Manager" and search for the services and qualifications of a geriatric care manager nearest you.
You can also find geriatric care managers in the phone book or online, usually under listings for social workers, nurses, eldercare or home health care. Because this service is essentially an unregulated industry, you need to check the prospective geriatric care manager's references, certification, licensure and experience. Look for individuals who have received certification in the geriatric care management field. There are three basic kinds of certification:
- Care Manager Certified (CMC), awarded by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.
- Certified Case Manager (CCM), given by the Commission for Case Manager Certification.
- For licensed social workers, there is the Certified Advanced Social Worker in Case Management (C-ASWCM) certification or Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM) certification awarded by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Individuals who have received any of these certifications cite the above abbreviations after their name. They will also cite their licensed profession such as RN for registered nurse, NP for nurse practitioner or LSW for licensed social worker.