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  • Karen Mcphail

When do you Need a Care Manager?

Navigating the healthcare system can be a challenge for most individuals! However, those with complex or chronic conditions can experience additional difficulties, challenges, and stress! Having a Care Manager can assist in many ways to limit stress, increase quality, improve communication, limit costly errors and assist with the overall coordination of care and access. They can help you navigate the care system, advise you on caregiving decisions, connect you with helpful resources, supervise your care, and help resolve family issues. It helps to have a guide and resource along the way to assist one in moving in the right direction!

Care Managers can help with the following areas and much more...

  • Cognitive impairment and complex behavior issues

  • Strategic health care planning, budgeting, and problem solving

  • Resolution of complex problems - when feeling lost or hopeless

  • Assisting with resistance to care.

  • Remote care assistance

  • Mental health challenges

  • Assist in getting cost effective and sometimes discounted vendors and expedited access to care

  • Assistance with referrals to and scheduling of doctors appointments, tests, consults, etc.

  • Guidance and intervention for mental illness or addiction.

  • Someone to assist with pre operative care coordination and post op inclusive care.

  • Someone to provide ongoing clinical guidance, support, and advocacy for those without family.

  • Assistance with coordination of home caregivers, hospice, skilled nursing, transportation, meals, or palliative care services.

  • Someone knowledgeable to accompany family member to appointments to take notes, advocate, and ask questions.

  • Completion of a cognitive assessment or evaluation with recommendations and planning steps.

  • Assistance with Medicaid, long term care coverage, or insurance, elder care attorney services, special needs attorneys, guardianship, conservatorship, planning, or general advocacy needs.

  • Assistance with frequent medication adjustment and understanding of plan of care.

  • Help in evaluating and managing care for a family member in a facility or in another state.

  • Assistance with home environment: organization, decluttering, adaptive equipment, safety issues, etc.

  • Supportive services due to family stress management issues, dysfunctional dynamics, or illness.

  • Management of behavior related issues (emotional support, counseling, cognitive function, mental health, dementia education).

  • Guidance due to poor physical functioning (ADL’s, mobility, falls, vision).

  • Guidance regarding poor social functioning (depression evaluation, socialization needs, cognitive impairment, in home, and community programs).

  • Guidance due to the need for memory care, assisted living, skilled nursing care, general relocation services, community recommendations, tour scheduling, and coordination of moving specifics.

  • Guidance and support for complex health needs: multiple, progressive, rapid degenerative, or complex disease process that require frequent monitoring and care plan modifications.

  • Guidance and support with supplementary care needs (speech, OT, PT, nutrition, skin and wound care, adaptive equipment.

  • Guidance and support due to a high frequency of access to medical care (hospital readmission, rehab, ER visits, frequent falls).

Reach out through our contacts tab to learn more about care management services!

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