Karen McPhail, RN, MSN
What Is Care Management?
A commonly asked question answered in our blog today!
Simply put Care Management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for individuals facing ongoing health challenges. Individuals with many chronic conditions such as cognitive impairment and more challenging Dementias, POTS, EDS, Diabetes, Cancer, MS, Transplant patients, and more benefit from having a care manager. Care management is a discipline intended to improve patient care, outcomes, quality of life, and reduce the need for unnecessary medical services by enhancing coordination of care, fostering communication, eliminating duplication and error, and assisting patients and caregivers to more effectively manage health conditions.
RN Care Managers are experts in their field with a wealth of knowledge and experience. These skills enable them to advocate, support, and guide individuals in effectively navigating the many complexities of the health care system. Care Managers are experts in their field who have the knowledge, skills, abilities, and expertise to provide guidance and advocacy when needed. Care management varies and is different for each client focusing on their holistic needs in accordance with their expressed wishes.
Working with families, the expertise of Care Managers or Aging Life Care Professionals as often called when specializing in the care of older adults - provides the answers during times of uncertainty.
For more information on care management see the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) the governing body for care managers - https://www.aginglifecare.org//
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