Geriatric Life Care

Jointly Provided By:


Integrated Care Management Services


Geriatric Life Care – Program Overview

The USF Health Geriatric Life Care  online certificate program is designed for healthcare practitioners and human services, rehabilitation and legal professionals who are seeking the specialized training needed to enter the field of Geriatric Life Care Planning. This program requires the successful completion of four online modules. Each module contains readings, videos, case studies and a multiple choice exam. The program is primarily self-paced and participants have access to an instructor who is available to answer questions by email or through individualized virtual classroom sessions. Participants also have access to optional, monthly online chat sessions with the instructor and other program participants. The structure of the program is supportive of working professionals in that it allows for autonomous learning accessible at any time. As the field of Aging Services continues to evolve and become more complicated, the skills required to serve clients across the healthcare delivery continuum have changed. This program includes specialized training in the clinical, psychosocial, environmental and legal aspects of life care planning and addresses topics such as client advocacy, family facilitation, conflict resolution, elder mediation, telemedicine, polypharmacy, medication management and developing an integrated care monitoring platform. Upon successful completion of all four online modules, participants receive a Certificate of Completion and accompanying continuing education units. Formal admission to the university is not required to participate in this professional development certificate program and all readings are delivered through the online platform with no required textbooks.

Employment Outlook – Life Care Planning & Care Management

Employment of Geriatric Life Care Planners is projected to grow 17 percent from 2017 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the healthcare industry is likely to see an increase in the demand for integrated care management services. The field of Elder Law is also dramatically changing and creating opportunities for care management professionals with specialized designations such as Geriatric Life Care Planning. For more information about the specialty profession of Geriatric Life Care Planning, please visit the Aging Life Care Association or the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

Target Audience

This course is designed for healthcare practitioners including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, case managers, nursing home administrators, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers. It is also available to legal professionals who are seeking the specialized training needed to enter the field of Geriatric Life Care Planning.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the legal and ethical aspects of geriatric care.
  • Describe the role of advocacy and mediation in care management.
  • Explain the organization of community resources for older adults.
  • Summarize the process of conducting a geriatric assessment and developing an integrated health plan.
  • Compare and contrast elements of the psychosocial, functional and environmental assessment.
  • Distinguish the difference between normal cognitive decline and the onset of dementia using standardized screening tools.
  • Explain techniques for making care plan interventions understandable and measurable.
  • Demonstrate ability to create a care plan that supports the holistic quality of life for a geriatric client.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a business plan for a public nonprofit or private geriatric care management agency.


Certificate Program Curriculum


Module 1:   Integrated Care and Healthcare Transitions

This module presents an overview of the history and origins of care management; the theoretic, legal and ethical principles associated with the provision of geriatric care; and the relationship between life care planning and care management. Topics include: ethical and legal issues associated with life care planning, working with difficult families, supporting client quality of life, ethnic and cultural issues, integrating late life relocation, preventing avoidable hospital readmissions and community resources for care planning.

Module 2: Advanced Care Planning and Geriatric Care Life Care

This module provides in-depth training on the Geriatric Life Care Planning process, including how to conduct a physical, functional, psychosocial and environmental assessment of aging clients and how to develop an integrated care plan including ongoing care monitoring. Topics include: tools for conducting client assessment and assessing the family caregivers, conducting a home safety assessment, technologies that support aging in place (including telehealth), writing an integrated care plan and developing a care monitoring and medication management protocol.

Module 3:  Healthcare Advocacy, Facilitation and Elder Mediation

This module presents topics and techniques for working with seniors and adult families facing issues such as living arrangements, caregiving, driving, family communication, medical decisions, Powers of Attorney/Health Care Proxies/Guardianship/Conservatorship, financial planning, estate planning, will contests, family real estate, personal property distribution, and tools and techniques for family systems facilitation and elder mediation.

Module 4: Working Along the Continuum of Geriatric Life Care Planning

This module provides an overview of the various models and practice areas for those transitioning into the specialty discipline of Geriatric Life Care Planning. Topics will include the role of the Geriatric Life Care Planner in agencies and home care delivery systems as well as the entrepreneurial aspects of developing a private practice geriatric care management and life care planning business.

This program is set to launch spring 2017. For more information or to be notified when course registration opens please email