Care Management Services
Professional Care Managers are highly experienced in assisting elder patient’s with issues related to their health status and quality of life. The care manager creates a Care Plan coordinated between the patient, doctors and care providers to create clinical care activities for the patient.
Care plans begin with an assessment of the individual and their needs, leading to an optimized plan of action. Doctors and families may have input as well. Because of our extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with aging adults and families, our team will also work closely with the care manager in creating cost-effective recommendations for care services.
We only work with the best Care Managers who adhere to the highest standard of practice. It’s of utmost importance that care plans are designed and implemented utilizing services that will maximize a patient’s independence, encouraging the individual to live a productive lifestyle.
When should I consider a consultation with a Professional Care Manager?
Every situation is different based on the severity of the patient’s condition, but here are some considerations:
- A person has little to no family support
- Family has recently gotten involved and needs guidance and direction about available care services
- A person has multiple medical or psychological issues and needs professional advocacy
- Hospital discharge planning
- A need for a caregiver to coordinate and oversee home health care services
- Medication management to ensure adherence
- Alzheimer’s and dementia intervention
- Relocation service and coordination
- Home safety evaluation
- Grief and crisis counseling
- Bill paying assistance and coordination
- Evaluating long–term care insurance policies and benefit entitlement
- Transportation from hospital or for daily routines
- The need for assistance with personal shopping
- Exploring alternatives to Guardianship
- Hurricane planning, evacuation and support
What type of services does the Care Manager handle?
The care manager will complete an on-site evaluation to determine current, as well as future, needs. The care manager considers health, medical needs, functional capacity and limitation, psycho-social and cognitive abilities, along with environmental and safety needs. After the assessment, a comprehensive written plan of action is created that outlines recommendations, goals and recommendations.
Care Coordination and Monitoring
The care manager implements and coordinates any needed services that have been created to maintain the patient’s health and personal needs while fostering independence. Ongoing monitoring allows the care manager to build a relationship with the patient. These relationships create a trust that encourages the client to feel more secure, minimizing feelings of isolation and loneliness that can sometimes lead to a depressive state.
The care manager can also coordinate medical supplies and equipment, verify and monitor medications, attend doctors appointments, and arrange any necessary Home Care services.
One of the most important services of the care manager is that of consulting and counseling family members. In many cases, the family is geographically removed from direct contact with a loved one. The stress of constant worry and angst on the part of the family members can be devastating. Ongoing monitoring and communication regarding a loved one’s care and condition make having a quality, trusting and compassionate care manager an invaluable asset.
Should the patient require long-term placement, the care manager will explore all appropriate options with regards to independent retirement, assisted living or skilled care. The care manager can be available to tour recommended facilities with the client and/or family members. The care manager can assist in evaluating payment options and exploring benefits that fit the specific needs of the client, as well navigating the maze of paperwork to make the transition as smooth as possible.
If you would like to explore care management options, give our staff a call to get in touch with one of the best care managers in South Florida!