Benefits of Hiring a care Manager
The benefits of using a Care Manager are endless!
Hiring a Care Manager (CM) for a one-time consult, an evaluation, or for ongoing support will likely overtime help in maximizing your funds and reduce overall expenses. CM’s will assist in planning ahead and help you to limit or avoid costly care related decisions. If the goal is to keep an older loved one at home or manage a challenging episode of care, they can help to decide which home care services may be best, can assist in interviewing and training caregivers and in forming a customized care plan to ensure quality care , proper fit and value for your money. They can also assist with financial planning to maximize funds for the future. CM’s serve as advocates and liaisons by ensuring client wishes are valued and by helping to link them to appropriate resources such as accountants, elder care attorneys and financial managers. They can also do insurance and benefit review and provide guidance on how to access general benefits, assistance programs, long term care insurance, entitlement programs, medicaid, and veterans benefits.
A CM serves as an advocate for clients by monitoring quality of care in a variety of ways. First, they guide clients and families in navigating the complexities of the continuum of care and in providing and linking them to available resources for long-term care planning and support. Second, CM’s can expedite testing, consults and provide clarity in terms of disease management and treatment options. They can assess a person’s current living situation and provide recommendations for home modification to ensure safety, comfort and more. Relocation, decluttering, and organization assistance can also be provided. Whether the need is for chronic disease management, home care, skilled nursing, assisted living, hospital treatment, rehab, or memory care, a CM can help navigate successfully any scenario. Appointments and testing become effortless as they can arrange testing, consults and appointments, along with transportation. They can even accompany the client to take detailed notes, ask helpful questions and communicate information to health care providers and family. CM’s ensure that medication changes are made correctly and that doctors’ orders are understood and followed. In facility care is monitored and quality of care issues are addressed and resolved timely. If a client has complex care needs, they can ensure that consults and testing are done timely and even help to find the right specialist if needed. If socialization is a challenge they can assist by linking clients to programs of interest, helping with outings, and even providing customized in home activity programs. Every aspect of care is client centered and managed by a CM. As a result, clients with care management assistance avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and care related issues. The CM is someone who will monitor quality and proper coordination of care throughout, while keeping all health care providers on track and working together! CM’s are also referred to as Care Advisors and as Aging Life Care Professionals for older adults. Care advisor services are covered by many long term care insurance policies.