Last Updated: March 18, 2019
Alzheimer’s disease care managers take a holistic approach to maximizing outcomes for patients, ensuring that all aspects of an individual’s family, health care, physical and social needs are met.
Learn more about how an Alzheimer’s care manager can benefit your family and how to find one for your parent or senior loved one with the disease.
Alzheimer’s care managers coordinate the many facets of disease care, including drug interventions as well as nonpharmacologic therapies, like a safe environment, social engagement and other issues that go beyond daily medication.
As the Alzheimer’s Association describes, care managers have these chief goals:
Combined, these goals help ensure that the person with Alzheimer’s maintains a quality of life and that caregivers and families receive the support they need to make decisions about their loved one’s care.
Whether it is at home or in long-term care, Alzheimer’s care managers guide families through complex issues.
Among their many duties, care managers may do some or all of the following, depending on the situation:
Care managers work in assisted living communities, hospice agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities and other facilities that focus on senior care. They also help at-home caregivers and family members.
Aging Life Care Association has set standards in education, experience and training to become certified as a geriatric care manager. Additionally, the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) offers specialized certification in Alzheimer’s care.
To achieve NCCDP certification, candidates must meet all local, state and federal regulations, as well as these requirements:
When you are looking for an Alzheimer’s care manager, remember that not all of them specialize in the same thing, which is why it is important to learn about a care manager’s particular background and experience.
Some questions to ask when interviewing care managers to determine the right fit include:
Have you worked with an Alzheimer’s care manager? How did he or she help? What advice would you offer someone searching for an Alzheimer’s care manager? We’d like to hear your thoughts in the comments below.