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  • Karen McPhail, RN, MSN

Care Management: Cost and Quality!

Cost: Hiring a GCM for a one-time consult, an evaluation or for ongoing support will likely overtime help in maximizing your funds and reduce overall expenses. GCM’s will assist in planning ahead and help you to limit or avoid costly care related decisions. If the goal is to keep a loved one at home, then a GCM can help you 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 that you receive quality, proper fit and value for your money. A GCM can also assist with financial planning to maximize funds for the future. GCM’s serve as a liaison by helping to link clients appropriate resources such as accountants, elder care attorneys and financial managers. GCMs can also do insurance and benefit review and provide guidance on how to access general benefits, long term care insurance, entitlement programs, medicaid and veterans benefits. The possibilities are endless. So if you have a problem consult a care manager or healthcare advisor today to get a handle on expenses, and put your mind at ease. Quality: A GCM serves as an advocate for clients by monitoring quality of care in a variety of ways. First, a GCM 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 home care, skilled nursing, assisted living, hospital treatment, rehab, or memory care, a GCM can help you navigate successfully any scenario. Appointments and testing become effortless with a GCM 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. GCM’s ensure that medication changes are made correctly and that doctors’ orders are understood and followed. GCM's get the health care team working together and ensure that the approach is client centered at all times! In facility care is monitored and quality of care issues are addressed and resolved timely. If a client has complex care needs, the GCM can ensure that consults and testing are done timely and even help to find the right specialist if needed. If socialization is a challenge the GCM 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 GCM. As a result, clients with GCM’s avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and care related issues. The GCM is someone who will monitor quality and proper coordination of care throughout, while keeping all health care providers on track and working together! Stop Worrying! Family members worry too much and work too hard! A GCM can get you back to living, enjoying time with your loved one and away from the tasks!

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