GERIATRIC CARE MANAGER
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU NEED
A CARE MANAGER?
You may need assistance if:
• The person you are caring for has limited
or no family support or family lives at a
• Your family has just become involved and
needs direction about available services.
• The person you are caring for has multiple
medical issues or dementia.
• The person you are caring for is unable to
live safely in his/her current environment.
• Your family is “burned out” or has limited
time to deal with your loved ones’ chronic
• Your family is at odds regarding care
decisions or confused about options.
• The person you are caring for is not pleased
with current care providers and requires
• The person you are caring for is confused
about his/her own financial and/or legal
• Your family needs education and/or
direction in dealing with behaviors
associated with dementia.
Care management is a relatively new profession
and is not currently licensed through the
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
To learn more, go to AgingLifeCare.org.
WHAT IS CARE MANAGEMENT?
A Care Manager acts as a guide and advocate
for families who are caring for older relatives or
disabled adults. He or she is typically educated
and experienced in any of several fields related
to care management, including gerontology,
nursing, or social work, with a focus on issues
related to aging and elder care.
CARE MANAGERS MAY ASSIST IN:
Housing – helping families evaluate and select
Home care services – determining services
that are appropriate and assisting to engage
and monitor those services
Medical management – attending doctor
appointments, advocating for treatment
or medication changes, and if appropriate,
monitoring client’s adherence to medical orders
Communication – keeping family members
and professionals informed on status
Social activities – providing opportunity for
client to engage in social, recreational, or
cultural activities that enrich the quality of life
Legal – referring to or consulting with an elder
Financial – reviewing or overseeing bill paying
or monitoring daily money management
Safety and security – monitoring client;
recommending technologies to add security or
safety; observing changes and potential risks of
exploitation or abuse
Long-distance care – coordinating care when
families live at a distance; including crisis
For more information