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  • Karen McPhail, RN, BSN, MSN, CCM, CDP

When to Hire a Care Manager

For many people today, healthcare is a confusing maze of consults, paperwork, and uncertainty that seems endless and without clear answers, feeling, or compassion. Once a loved one begins to have health problems, the situation becomes even more challenging, as life becomes filled with constant questions and concerns....

" What do these test results mean?"

"What are these medications for?"

"Who can I call for home care that will actually care or show up?"

" Does my loved one need memory care?"

" How can I prevent my father from falling?"

"Can they still execute a power of attorney?"

"How do we activate our long term care insurance and what does it really cover?"

"What is really going on with my mother's health?"

"How am I going to manage her care at home, does she need a nursing facility? If so, how do I choose one??" "Who is going to take her to all these appointments/tests?"

"Do we need an eldercare attorney?"

Life suddenly becomes a never-ending cycle of worry and wonder for so many. If you feel this way, it may be time to contact a care manager.

Care Managers are truly experts in this area, knowing how to manage these types of situations and how to provide clear answers to your questions.

A Care Manager is an expert in managing complex disease processes and medical situations. They will initially do a thorough consultation and assessment, which will provide a structured plan of care and recommendations for the best possible steps moving forward. The goal is to provide stability and a detailed, yet fluid, plan for moving forward. Care Managers serve ongoing as a point of contact, liaison, and advocate, providing a variety of customized services to fit individual needs. See our services area on our homepage for more details on services available.

From medication and chart reviews, distant family support, expediting and coordinating tests and consults, attending and taking detailed notes at physician visits, performing routine health monitoring, managing quality of care issues in facilities and at home, helping to coordinate estate sale services, relocations, de-cluttering, and advocacy - a Care Manager is truly an effective team member to have on board! Care management not only decreases long-term costs to the individual but also helps to maximize funds for care along with effectively supporting the health and wellness of the client and reducing stress and anxiety for loved ones.

If you or your family member is beginning to feel overwhelmed or need guidance, reach out today and speak with a Care Manager in your area to get things back on track and put some of your worry aside! Long-term care insurance often covers the cost of a Care Manager.

For more information see:

#Geriatriccaremanager #caringfortheelderly #dementiacare #longtermcare #SNF #Memorycare #dementia #aginglifecare

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