How to Become an Elder Care Consultant

How to Become an Elder Care Consultant

Senior care employment opportunities are expanding as the baby boomer population ages. In 2011, 39.8 million people worked in elder care, a figure that is expected to rise over the next ten years. Families must plan for the financial and physical logistics of adequately caring for seniors in addition to dealing with health care needs. Elder care consulting is a new field that employs people to help plan and set up proper management for older people. An elder care consultant may also be known as an elder care planner or a geriatric manager. Learn how to work as an elder care consultant.

Steps

1. Help out at a hospital or nursing home. This experience will allow you to determine whether you are capable of dealing with the challenges of elder care. Working with seniors can be mentally taxing because you are constantly dealing with memory loss, death, and health issues.

2. Seek an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing, counselling, social work or geriatric care. If you know you want to be a geriatric manager, a four-year degree is a good idea because you may want to pursue a higher degree in the future. These degree programmes will prepare you to work in the field of elder care.

Geriatric care degrees are popular among certified nurse assistants (CNA) because they can be completed by adding a semester to your CNA certification. This is a good educational path to take if you want to work as a home health aide, physical therapy assistant, or patient care technician. To begin an associate’s degree in geriatric care, you must first complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course and show proof of your high school diploma or equivalency.

3. Spend between 2 and 5 years working in elder care. You can work as a hospital and clinic tech or assistant, RN, CNA, nursing home/assisted living aid, personal care assistant, at-home nurse or assisted living, hospital administration, or customer service.

The value of your experience is reflected in the breadth of issues about which you become knowledgeable. 2 years of learning how to handle legal, financial, medical, dementia, and therapy issues may be more valuable than 5 years of dealing with just one of those issues.

2 to 5 years of experience managing a family member’s geriatric planning is extremely valuable. You can become well-versed in predicting how a family will react to the various issues that may arise. If you have been a caregiver, you should volunteer or work in an institution for at least a year before becoming a consultant to gain a better understanding of the health-care system.

4. Think about pursuing a master’s degree in geriatric care management. Financial planning, legal planning, the physiology of ageing, ethnicity and ageing, death and bereavement, health policy, and practicum are all part of the curriculum for this degree. With this diverse training, you can market yourself as an elder care expert.

If you do not want to pursue a master’s degree in this field, look for and enrol in classes in senior financial planning, legal planning, bereavement, elder health policies, and other topics. You should be able to advise a family on all of these issues to be an elder care consultant.

5. Seek employment as a geriatric care manager. Many hospitals, clinics, and assisted living facilities are hiring people to provide senior planning advice to their patients. If you are not ready to start your own consulting firm, you can apply for salaried positions at a health care facility.

6. Become a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM). You will have access to courses and industry news, as well as the ability to list your services on their website. Anything you can do to improve the professionalism of your practise will benefit your business.

7. Begin your own elder care consulting business. Once you have all of the necessary credentials and experience, you can open a website, home office, or outside office and begin providing people with services. When starting an elder care consultancy, the following factors should be considered:

Make a professional-looking website. This website should be designed in the style of legal or medical websites, with special emphasis on your services, credentials, and appointment scheduling. Consider establishing a review board where people can provide feedback on your services.

Make connections with nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, and health care professionals in your area. Many facilities are unable to afford the services of a geriatric care manager. A good connection will provide you with a referral if they see a family in need of assistance with elder care issues.

Investigate the competition and set your prices accordingly. You could start by offering a free consultation session to show people what you can offer in person.

Make customer satisfaction your top priority. The majority of business will most likely come from referrals, either from satisfied customers or health care professionals. To encourage these referrals, you must ensure that you do not overpromise, that you provide excellent value, and that you contact the family on a regular basis.

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