Need some additional information on what care management is and whether or not it is right for you and your family? In this article we will explore 10 specific ways a care manager can support you throughout your care journey.

As we age, care needs are ever changing and sometimes changes in your health condition can occur quickly and unexpectedly. Be prepared and learn how working with a care manager can help you navigate all the complexities of your local healthcare system. Below find out 10 reasons why you would work with a care manager but something important to remember as a takeaway is the fact that no two people are exactly alike, therefore there are many more reasons an individual would work with a care manager than the 10 listed here.

1.) Coordination of Care

  • Whether you need in home-care resources or need your care manager to actually set up these services for you on an ongoing basis. In home-care can include bringing trained caregivers into the home, physical therapy, nutritional support, and even resources such as home modification to ensure safety and peace of mind.
  • Coordinating medical services such as appointments with a primary care physician.

2.) In-Person Encounters or Visits

  • Person-to-person encounters, including home visits, are important features of effective care management to not only build rapport with the client but support overall well-being.
  • Making home visits or visits to a senior healthcare community and offering suggestions on needed services.
  • Care managers can be your eyes and ears if you happen to live in a different state than your loved one.

3.) Assessment of Care Needs

  • An assessment will evaluate different points covering the client’s functional, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs and strengths.
  • Home assessments help identify health risks or safety issues in a client’s home related to issues like fall prevention.

4.) Advance Care Planning Guidance

  • Educating clients and their families on the value of an Advance Directive, how to obtain one and with whom they may consider sharing their Advance Directive.

5.) Involvement with Physicians and Specialists

  • Contacting you after your hospitalization to ensure you are receiving the care you need and have a follow up appointment with your PCP or specialist.
  • Care managers can help arrange transportation services to and from important medical appointments.

6.) Counseling and Crisis Intervention

  • Talking through the family or client’s emotional concerns.
  • A care manager can closely monitor the situation, soothe over the hurt feelings and address the anger that comes from losing independence.

7.) Eliminate Duplication

  • Identifying missed preventive care opportunities and work with you to schedule these services during a time that is convenient.
  • Most care managers will give the option to accompany you to key medical appointments to eliminate duplication and ensure continuity of care.

8.) Support New Transitions

  • Whether you transitioning home after a hospitalization or transitioning from home into a senior living community.

9.) Coaching

  • Coaching involves teaching clients and their caregivers how to recognize early warning signs of worsening disease.
  • Offering support and guidance on caregiver stress relief and/or respite options.

10.) Monitor Existing In-Home Care

  • Selecting the proper care team and/or making hiring decisions while continuing to check in and offer support and education to these caregivers as needed.
  • Act as a liaison to out of town family and keep them in the loop as to what takes place day to day regarding their loved ones care.

Care Managers can offer an additional layer of support and offer professional guidance to you and your family. A few helpful questions to keep in mind when finding the care manager who is the right fit for you include:

  • What are the fees and payment structure? Will they provide information in writing on fees prior to beginning services?
  • What degrees and/or certifications do they have that are applicable to their role as a care manager?
  • Is the team available 24/7 for emergencies?
  • How will the information be communicated to me and how often?

An experienced local care manager can help alleviate the stress that comes along with aging. Contact Denver Senior Care consultants today to get a plan in place for yourself or a family member to help you feel empowered and in control of your current or future care needs.