www.caremanager.orgThe National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

Living at home is a primary wish for most of us as we age.  As caregivers, it is often our responsibility to help choose the appropriate in-home caregiver.

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) is a volunteer nonprofit association located in Tucson, Arizona that provides support services to advance professional geriatric care management through leadership, education, and collaboration. Together with eight aging network associations, NAPGCM developed and initially funded the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.  All members in the care manager category hold at least one of four approved certifications – Care Manager Certified, Certified Case Manager, Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager, and Certified Social Work Case Manager.  A Geriatric Care Manager is a health and human services specialist who is highly trained and experienced in a wide range of  care management  including medical, financial, social, housing, family and personal needs.

NAPGCM suggests asking lots of questions before choosing your Geriatric Care Manager. Starting with the initial phone call, is it professionally answered? If you leave a message, is it returned promptly? This is your first indication of the kind of professional relationship you might expect.  Other questions should include what primary services are provided, how many Geriatric Care Managers are in this agency, and are there fees for an initial consultation. These basic questions should help determine whether that particular Geriatric Care Manager and agency has the qualifications important to you for a successful relationship.

The websites in-depth consumer library is a fantastic resource with essential information for the hiring of caregivers, housing options consisting of independent living, assisted living, board and care homes, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement. The information is vast. You can learn how to spot the red flags of financial elder abuse, and what you need to know about family caregiver agreements, long distance care giving and more. A must watch is the video serieslong distance care giving family caregiver agreements, and Alzheimer’s Disease, for boomers who have found themselves caught in the “Sandwich Generation”, wedged between the care of their children and the care of their parents.