Geriatric Care Managers

Geriatric Care Manager Greets Patients

Geriatric care managers, who are also known as aging life care professionals, assist older people and their families in meeting short-term and long-term care needs. Care managers may coordinate a senior's schedule by making and taking the senior to doctor's appointments; they may help seniors and their families find an appropriate place for the older person to live; and they may help the older person keep track of finances or recommend someone who is qualified to do this. In general, care managers provide older people with a vital link to the outside world. At the same time, they serve as a link from younger family members who may live in a different city to the senior family member. Geriatric care managers typically have training in gerontology, social work, nursing, or counseling. In a care facility setting, such as an assisted living facility, care managers are responsible for running the business, including hiring staff, assuring quality care is being provided to clients, making sure the facility is in compliance with federal regulations, and other duties such as coordinating the Medicare and Medicaid needs of clients.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Aging Life Care Professionals
Duties Help older people and their families meet short- and long-term care needs such as finding senior housing, taking clients to medical appointments, etc.
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in areas of the U.S.—such as the Southwest and Gulf Coast—where a large number of senior citizens live
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Several years of experience as a GCM assistant or experience in social work, nursing, or nursing home management required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Social
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Geriatric Care Service Owner
  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Geriatric Care Manager Assistant