One thing to begin with is to work as a volunteer in hospitals and nursing homes. This is important as it help you in knowing how you can handle the aged. Being that you will have to deal with death, memory loss, health issues all the time you will have to prepare for it. 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. In case you are planning to be a geriatric manager in future then you have to undergo a four-year bachelor’s degree on the same course. With this knowledge you will be in a position to work as health assistant, physical therapy aid, or patient care technician. These degrees course will give you vast knowledge in 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. 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. While undertaking your master’s degree you will learn the psychology of the aging, death and bereavement, ethnicity and death and health policy and practicum. With this knowledge you will be considered as an elder care expert.
Afterwards, you should therefore look for a job as a geriatric manager. In this case you will be employed by clinics or hospitals to advice patients on the senior planning.
From there you should look for membership 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.