When you go to the doctor, you expect to see multiple diplomas on the doctor’s office wall, attesting that the doctor has been thoroughly trained as a physician. But it’s not that simple when it comes to professional Geriatric Care Managers.
In San Marcos and elsewhere, families need assistance with a variety of elder care issues that cannot be solved by just bringing in companion caregivers. These issues include assessing their elder loved ones’ overall situation and care needs, advocating for them with healthcare providers and insurance companies, helping work through health crises and family dynamics and more.
Certified professional Geriatric Care Managers are the trusted professional advisors that these families need to guide them through the next steps in caring for, and protecting, their elderly family members.
The National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM) administers an examination that gauges the knowledge and experience of geriatric care managers and passage of the examination bestows a Care Management Certification (“CMC”) designation. Individuals with the CMC designation are well equipped to serve you and your family in the areas of needs assessment, crisis resolution and advice and guidance.
One of the most important points pertaining to this certification is that it demonstrates the manager’s readiness to include all parts of elderly care in a solution—not just paid companion caregiving. CMCs have the knowledge to know which type of resource is the best one to utilize to address each specific need, and they know which are the best resources in the community to utilize to address their clients’ needs.
Care Management You Can Trust
Unfortunately, there are many people out there who call themselves “care managers” who have not taken, much less passed, the CMC examination. The state of California does not regulate the use of the “Care Manager” title, so anyone can claim to be a “care manager” without being qualified by any particular standards, experience or certification.
Often, persons working in the offices of companion caregiving companies will have titles like “care manager” but not really be CMCs.
Work with a certified care manager whom you can trust – ask those using the “Care Manager” title whether they are CMCs.
At Your Service: Geriatric Care Managers in San Diego County
Tim and Linda Colling, the founders of A Servant’s Heart Care Solutions, are both CMCs certified by the NACCM. As such, they are more than business owners: they are professional care managers themselves who are involved every day in ensuring that the well-being of their clients the peace of mind their clients’ families come first.
Originally posted 2012-06-15 10:30:01.