Anyone can call themselves a “care manager” or another generic title such as eldercare consultant, senior advisor, care coordinator, advocate – you get the picture. It’s important to know the difference between a Professional Aging Life Care Manager and a “care manager” so you’re making a wise decision when deciding to hire one.
Over 35 years ago a group of social workers and nurses in NY, who worked in hospitals and facilities, met to discuss how they can help more seniors and disabled adults be proactive in their care in hopes to avoid hospitalizations. In 1984, they created the profession of Geriatric Care Management. They began a national association with a standard of practice and a code of ethics that each member must follow. Soon after, they created the National Association of Certified Care Managers (NACCM). According to the association, these parameters were set in place “to help separate this profession from others who simply put out an ‘Open for Business’ shingle.”
Unfortunately, the one thing the association did not do at that time was to brand this new profession so over the years many people started calling themselves, “care manager”. So, in 2014 the association rebranded and trademarked the professional titles of Aging Life Care Manager, Professional, and Expert, to protect the consumer. Currently, there are over 2000 of us nationwide and over 200 in Florida.
It’s a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for seniors and disabled adults facing ongoing health, emotional, or behavioral challenges. The expertise of an Aging Life Care Manager provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their problem-solving skills and guidance lead clients and their family members to the actions and decisions that ensure quality care and an optimal life for those they love. Through education, advocacy and family caregiver coaching the Aging Life Care Manager reduces worry, stress, and time off work for family caregivers.