Alissa Schramm, president and chief operating officer of Compass Elder Care Specialists, Inc., has met the gold standard of membership from the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, earning the distinction of “Certified Geriatric Care Manager.”
The association recently introduced membership categories to elevate professional standards. The “Certified Geriatric Care Manager” category requires specific higher education levels, supervised work experience and an association-approved professional certification. Alissa met the latter criteria because she is certified and acknowledged as a Care Manager, Certified (CMC) by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.
Association members who do not hold one of the certifications to meet the “Certified Geriatric Care Manager” status were allowed to maintain membership as an “Associate Geriatric Care Manager.”
From its founding in 1985 with 50 members to its current membership exceeding 2,000, with the new designations, NAPGCM took a leadership role in recognizing members who have attained the profession-sanctioned requirements to be called a Certified Geriatric Care Manager.
“We began this process three years ago, when we recognized four certification programs as quality standards for the profession. Now, in addition to the education and work experience, we are recognizing those that have attained this level while inspiring other care managers—who aspire to the high standards of personal and professional excellence,” said Phyllis Brostoff, president of NAPGCM.
Alissa offers more than 15 years of experience in the elder care field, working in management at care communities and as a geriatric care manager. She studied aging at the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned a master’s degree in the Social Sciences. Alissa specializes in serving as a dependable elder care expert for families who live out of state with a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia who resides in the Denver metro area.