One thing to begin with is to work as a volunteer in hospitals and nursing homes. With this you will learn to know if you can deal with the challenges of elder care. It is not an easy task to deal with elderly people as you will have to face many situations such as death, memory loss and health issues on daily basis. This is something that will make you strong and help you in developing that enthusiasm of caring for the elderly.
After doing that you should make sure that you undertake bachelor’s degree or associates in nursing, counseling, social work or geriatric care services. You should know that you cannot be a geriatric manager before you undertake a four-year degree on the same. This is important as it will show that you are a professional who can work as home health aide, physical therapy aid or a patient care technician. These degrees course will give you vast knowledge in elder care consulting.
In addition, you should follow this by working as elder care specialist for 2 to 5 years. Being that you have some professional knowledge you can do a lot of things such as clinic technician, nursing home living aid, personal care assistant, a home nurse, hospital administrator or customer care service. It is your decision and you can use the first 2 years to learn how you can handle financial, legal, and therapy issues in the best way possible better than learning just a single area within a period of five years. Out of five the remaining years can be used in learning how to handle family geriatric planning. This is one of the important areas as it will help you in understanding all the important areas regarding health care system.
The next thing that you should do is to register for a master’s degree in elder care consulting. In this you will be studying financial and legal planning, the psychology of the aging, death and bereavement, ethnicity and aging, health policy and practicum. After undergoing this, you will now be considered an expert in elder care consulting.
In addition, you should then look for a job as a geriatric manager. As a geriatric manager your duty will be to advice the patients on the senior planning for the people who are aged.
After that you should make sure that you register with the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. This is important as it will allow you to access the courses, industry news and even be able to list your services on the site. This will help in building your professionalism in your area of expertise. Having all the knowledge, experience, skills and membership you will be now at ease to commence elder care consulting practice of your own.