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How to determine if a Care Manager is right for you and your loved one

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2018 | Firm News

As our loved ones age we are often faced with the unknown of the next steps and how to give them the best care possible.  Many are faced with navigating the when and how while trying to still maintain their own responsibilities.  There are several resources to assist you in navigating these difficult decisions and finding the balance between taking care of your loved one and your personal affairs.  Severns & Howard can assist with the legal aspects in establishing an estate plan that provides your loved ones with the tools needed to forge through the issues that most likely will arise as you age.  However, we can also assist you with finding other resources such as an in-home caregivers, facilities, financial advisors, realtors, someone to help clean out properties, and care managers.  A lot of our clients ask for help navigating the medical aspect of their loved ones care.  We recommend a care manager to assist them in navigating the best course of action to ensure their loved one receives the correct care and to help them to understand the aging process.  Below we detail care management and how a care manager can offer support for you and your family.

Care Management or Aging Care Management, a Geriatric Care Manager represents a growing service offering support to family care givers who need outside assistance with care and personal management for their aging loved ones who live close by or far away. These family caregivers are often employed and engaged with raising their own families. Looking after their aging loved one has become difficult to do on their own.

Care managers are particularly useful in helping aging seniors find their way through the maze of long-term care services and issues. Here is a list of what a care manager might do:

  • Assess the level and type of care needed and develop a care plan
  • Take steps to start the care plan and keep it functioning
  • Make sure care is received in a safe and disability friendly environment
  • Resolve family conflicts and other family issues relating to long term care
  • Become an advocate for the care recipient and the family caregiver
  • Manage care for a loved one for out-of-town families
  • Conduct ongoing assessments to monitor and implement changes in care
  • Oversee and direct care provided at home
  • Coordinate the efforts of key support systems
  • Provide personal counseling
  • Help with Medicaid qualification and application
  • Arrange for services of legal and financial advisors
  • Manage a conservatorship for a care recipient
  • Provide assistance with placement in assisted living facilities or nursing homes
  • Monitor the care of a family member in a nursing home or in assisted living
  • Assist with the monitoring of medications
  • Find appropriate solutions to avoid a crisis
  • Coordinate medical appointments and medical information
  • Provide transportation to medical appointments
  • Assist families in positive decision making
  • Develop long range plans for older loved ones not now needing care

If you need assistance finding a care manager or navigating the tasks of caring for your aging loved one, Severns & Howard, P.C. is able to assist you in finding the right resources and providing the legal means to help you meet the needs for care.  Please feel free to contact our office to schedule a free 30-minute intake call with our paralegal to discover how Severns & Howard can assist you and your family.