Where do you get the interventions or solutions for the problems listed in your care plan? In part, you take them from the continuum of care. Dr.Anne Rosenthal a prominent geriatric care manager in Berkeley wisely states, “Just as no man is an island—no GCM stands alone.”
Every GCM must know a staggering array of other experts who make up the web of senior services in the community. These experts practice in areas to which GCM skills do not extend (attorneys, trust officers, moving companies, plumbers). It is the care manager’s expert knowledge of the continuum of care in the community that is the heart of the care management role. A GCM is like Charlotte, the friendly spider. The GCM runs across the web of senior services (continuum of care), linking services, repairing gaps, spinning new solutions, and coordinating answers. You need to know how to locate all those services to implement your care plan and find interventions to the problems you have uncovered.