Geriatric Care

Geriatric care involves various aspects of the care of the elderly. The number of older people will vastly increase over the next fifty years, so providers will be in high demand. Multidisciplinary by nature, geriatric care involves specialists in nursing, medicine, speech and hearing, long-term care administration, education, pharmacy, occupational and physical therapy, counseling, public administration, recreation, and retirement housing.

Specializations

  • Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Caregiver — CBRF Caregivers primarily work in residential or transitional living facilities, meeting or assisting the residents in performing care and activities of daily living.
  • Geriatric Nurse Assistant — Geriatric nurse assistants perform a variety of duties to help care for older patients under the supervision of nurses and physicians.
  • Gerontologist — A gerontologist studies the aging process and individuals as they age. They study physical, mental, and social changes of older people as well as how these older people fit into society. As a result, programs and policies are established for the benefit of the aging population.
  • Long-Term Care Administrator — A long-term care administrator manages nursing homes, retirement homes, and other facilities devoted to the older population. (See Health Care Facility Administrator page)
  • Also see these occupations to which a geriatric specialty can be added:
    Dental Hygienist
    Dentist
    Dietitian
    Health Educator
    Nurse Practitioner
    Optometrist
    Pharmacist
    Physician
    Psychologist
    Public Health
    Recreation Therapist
    Registered Nurse
    Rehabilitation Therapist
    Social Worker

Work Activities/Work Locations

Geriatric care providers of all types work in a variety of settings, including community organizations, retirement communities, academic settings, health care and long-term organizations, government agencies, and professional organizations. Many providers work directly with older people, providing direct care, counseling, advising, or developing programs. Many other professionals work on behalf of the older population, conducting research, planning and implementing services, designing products, and analyzing geriatric issues and advocating for changes.

 

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