You should start by volunteering in hospitals or nursing homes. With this you will learn to know if you can deal with the challenges of elder care. This is one of the hardest things as you will have to be ready for memory loss, death and health issues all the time. This is something that will make you strong and help you in developing that enthusiasm of caring for the elderly.
This should be followed by seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing, counseling, social work and geriatric care. It is necessary that if you want to be geriatric manager you will have to undergo four-year degree as you may even get chance to proceed in future. 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. From there you would have boosted your knowledge in the elder care consulting.
Apart from that, you should spend 2 to 5 years working as elder care specialist. 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. 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. In addition, you spend the rest of the years in learning how to handle family members geriatric planning. This is one of the important areas as it will help you in understanding all the important areas regarding 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.
Afterwards, you should therefore look for a job as a geriatric manager. What you will be doing as a manger is to advice the patients on the senior planning in the clinic or hospital that you are employed in.
After that you should make sure that you register with the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. With this you will get access to courses, industry news, and able to list your services on their site. This will help in building your professionalism in your area of expertise. With this you will now be ready to start your own elder care consulting practice.