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Geriatric Care Managers
Geriatric care managers are professionals who specialize in assisting 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.