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.
Apart from that you should seek associates or bachelor’s degree in nursing, counseling, social work or geriatric care. You should know that you cannot be a geriatric manager before you undertake a four-year degree on the same. With this knowledge you will be in a position to work as health assistant, physical therapy aid, or patient care technician. This is necessary as it will help in widening your knowledge in elder care consulting.
In addition, you should follow this by working as elder care specialist for 2 to 5 years. In the clinics or hospitals or nursing homes you will be tasked with a lot of activities such as technician, personal care assistant, nursing home living aid, personal care assistant, a home nurse, administrator or customer care. You will be privileged to learn how you can handle legal, financial, medical and therapy within the first two years which will be more successful than a person learning one area in 5 years. Out of five the remaining years can be used in learning how to handle family geriatric planning. As a result, you will come out with a better understanding of health care system.
With that experience you can now undertake your master’s degree. Where you will be perfecting in financial and legal planning, the psychology of the aging, ethnicity and aging, death and bereavement, health policy and practicum. As a result you will be considered an expert in elder care consultant.
Having done that you should 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.
From there you should look for membership 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 is important since it will make you visible and known among other geriatric managers. With all this done, you will now be legible to start your own elder care consulting practice.