Answer: We educate, evaluate, navigate, advocate–
We are very good at preventing complicated crisis that can create an unnecessary decline in function for the elder. So many older adults want to stay in their home and with various levels of support this is achievable. In fact, many older adults do well with “Assisted Living at Home”-which is what the Care Manager creates with the family and the elder as part of the team.
If the finances do not allow the elder to remain at home with health care, the Care Manager can help select a community for the elder and teach the family how to secure the best and most appropriate services within the facility. We can also file for appropriate benefits that will assist in paying for that care.
We teach families how to “navigate” the health care system—It is widely believed that the health care system is fragmented-hospital care, nursing home care, assisted living care, home care—so many systems to understand and effectively navigate. We help select facilities and then help the family work within the system for the benefit of their loved one. An important component is what services are covered by Medicare and what services become the responsibility of the parent.
Some families can’t agree on what to do for their parent. Care Managers provide an objective view and help the families come to an agreement on a plan of care.
Some families simply don’t know what to do and need advice, guidance and direction throughout this stage of their parent’s life.
It’s hard to put this into words, but there is frequently a level of anxiety that is present in a child with an aging parent. There are so many unknowns, and uncertainty in helping the parent. We are able to help lower anxiety by providing helpful information and resources that make this a meaningful time for both the child and the parent.
There is more—Let me list other services Care Managers offer:
I hope this isn’t overwhelming, but I believe we provide such a valuable supportive service to the elder and their families it is difficult to stop with one line or two.
Hourly fees range from $85.00 – $250. per hour depending on the area of the country. Assessment fees range from $450.00-$1,200.
Amy Cameron O’Rourke, MPH, CMC
The Cameron Group
Orlando, Florida 32803
Member of the ElderCare Matters Alliance, Florida chapter
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