Common Questions

What is a Geriatric Care Manager, also known as Aging Life Care Professional™?

A professional Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) or Aging Life Care Professional™ is a health and human services specialist who helps families who are caring for older relatives. The GCM or Aging Life Care Professional™ is trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management, including nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology. Here is a video highlighting the role of a Geriatric Care Manager/Aging Life Care Professional.

What are some of the circumstances where I would need a Geriatric Care Manager/Aging Life Care Professional™?

An older or disabled family member needs assistance to ensure safety, independence and quality of life and they may or may not have any family living nearby.

An adult is faced with decreased capacity to function due to complications of aging, illness, disability, altered cognitive status and/or a loss of social support systems.

An older adult needs placement in a long-term assisted living retirement community and you need advice on what is available in the Northern Virginia region.

You are overwhelmed with the options or don’t know where to start researching options.

You are out of town and unable to attend to the needs of your loved one.

There is a crisis and you need help right away to facilitate change.

Your family is conflicted about the direction to take for a loved one’s care.

You are having difficulty communicating with family members or with the professionals caring for your loved one.

You are not satisfied with the care your loved one is receiving.

How can a Geriatric Care Manager/Aging Life Care Professional™ help?

Attorney Maria Baler discusses five ways a geriatric care manager can help your family. Click here to read more.

How long has ElderTree been in business?

ElderTree Care Management Services has been caring for the elderly since 2004.

Are the care managers certified?

Our care managers are certified or in the process of getting certified by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM).

Does ElderTree have 24 hours availability, 365 days a year?

If your loved one has an emergency, ElderTree can help. We have certified care managers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: if our clients face an emergency, they don’t have to face it alone.

Contact us today: (703) 424-7575 or email

AGING LIFE CARE™ is a trademark or Aging Life Care Association. Only ALCA Members are authorized to use this term to identify their services.AGING LIFE CARE PROFESSIONAL™ is a trademark or Aging Life Care Association. It is an indication of membership in ALCA, and only ALCA Members are authorized to use this term.