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Care Management: A Lifesaver for Caregivers

Care managementDo you need a trusted advisor who can help ensure that your loved one is getting the help that he or she needs? A care manager is a specialist who helps families care for relatives who live independently yet need assistance.

A care manager can be an invaluable member of your loved one’s care team, who can:

  • Act as a “case manager,” coordinating and overseeing the team of home care professionals who provide care to your loved one. A care manager can put together a team or work with one that you have arranged yourself. The team may include a nurse, social worker, home health aide(s), rehabilitation specialists, a dietitian, and an elder care attorney.
  • Assess your family member’s need for care, both initially and on an ongoing basis.
  • Evaluate the plan of care, adapting it as your loved one’s needs change.
  • Arrange for and monitor medical and personal care.
  • Assist with legal, financial, and medical issues, and help your family find the resources and referrals your loved one needs.
  • Act as a liaison with long-distance family members.

Would care management help you and your loved one?

  • Does your loved one have limited support or live far away from family who can help?
  • Have you been suddenly plunged into a caregiving role due to illness or medical crisis and need help getting up to speed?
  • Does your loved one have multiple, or increasing, medical issues or conditions (including behavioral health needs)?
  • Is your parent no longer able to live alone safely but is resistant to change or losing independence?
  • Are you burned out?
  • Do family members have different opinions about the best way to care for your loved one, and/or are discussions about care tense?
  • Do you need help untangling your family member’s financial or legal affairs?
  • Do you need help navigating the system and finding the resources your loved one is entitled to?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, a care manager can:

  • Help prevent the need for hospital visits
  • Make sure medications are taken properly
  • Identify potential safety issues in the home and make recommendations to correct them
  • Support and “coach” caregivers and family members
  • Mediate within families to find resolution to care needs
  • Advocate for patients and their caregivers

For information about care management services, contact Partners in Care at 1-888-735-8913.

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