WHAT IS PROFESSIONAL CARE MANAGEMENT?
Professional care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults, disabled, or mentally ill persons. The goal is to improve your quality of life and reduce stress through:
∙ Assessment and monitoring
∙ Planning and problem-solving
∙ Education and advocacy
∙ Caregiver coaching
Care Managers are engaged to assist in a variety of areas, such as:
∙ Housing – helping you evaluate and select appropriate level of housing or residential options
∙ Home care services – determining types of services that are right for you and assisting in monitoring those services
∙ Medical management – attending doctor appointments, facilitating communication between doctor, you, and family, and if appropriate, monitoring medical orders and instructions
∙ Communication – keeping you and professionals informed as to your well-being and changing needs
∙ Social activities – providing opportunities for you to engage in social, recreational, or cultural activities that enrich quality of life
∙ Legal – referring to or consulting with elder law or disability attorney, providing expert opinion for courts in determining level of care
∙ Financial– may include reviewing bill paying or consulting with an accountant or your Power of Attorney
∙ Entitlements – providing information on Federal and State entitlements; connecting you to local programs
∙ Community Connection – identifying appropriate community programs and services that might enhance your quality of life and afford additional benefits that were otherwise unknown to you
∙ Safety and security – monitoring you at home; recommending technologies to add to security or safety; observing changes and potential risks of exploitation or abuse
Local, cost-effective resources are identified and engaged as needed.
A care plan tailored for each individual’s circumstances is prepared after a comprehensive assessment. The plan may be modified, in consultation with you as circumstances change.