PATIENT ADVOCACY: GERIATRIC CARE MANAGERS LEAD THE WAY

Posted on October 26th, 2011


For the past 13 years, I have been an active member of The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.  Obtaining my Certification from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers was a highlight of my career.

We’re Not Caring Just for Seniors, Anymore

As the years have gone by, it has been amazing how our mission to take care of seniors has expanded.  We could not have known how many younger people we would be helping.  Trust Officers have referred children with special needs to us.  The National local MS Society asked that we be a provider of Care Management services to their members.  All these relationships have given us the opportunity to manage people who have chronic health issues that require our expertise as advocates of their care.  We find our practice shifting and so do many of our colleagues across the country.

We Provide Care, Resources, Services and Advocacy to Every Age Group

This role is one that Geriatric Care Managers have had since our inception in the 1980’s.  We have developed as a profession to have certification be the core unifying factor in the disciplines of human service professionals who can call themselves, “Professional Care Managers”.  With a code of ethics and high professional ideals, we have been striving to care for and protect those who are facing medical challenges and require an advocate to lead them to the care, services, and resources they need to live the highest quality of life.

Trust Only Certified Professionals to Provide the Best Care and Support

The term Patient Advocate is one that you will be hearing more and more frequently in the years ahead.  It is important to be certain that your Care Advocate meets the criteria to function in this capacity.  Always choose those who are certified as a Professional Geriatric Care Manager. These professionals will always possess the highest integrity and skill to help navigate the health care system to protect, promote, and enhance those seeking the best care and support.

Beverly Bernstein Joie, MS, CMC

President Elder Connections

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