As you provide care for your aging loved one, you have a lot on your plate. You’ve now added another person under your care and that means juggling them into the balance of the rest of your life which can include children, a career, a home, and so much more. It’s a wonderful honor to be able to help an elderly loved one age in place and age with grace, but it can also be overwhelming so reaching out for help from trained care management providers can help you balance it all without it becoming too overwhelming.
One person you might consider adding to your “team” is a care manager. Having a person who is skilled and trained in care management can bring peace of mind to you and the other caregivers in your family. Care management providers can help you in many areas that you don’t have expertise in or don’t have the extra time to research.
Let’s look at some ways a Care Manager can help you provide care for your aging loved one.
Coordinating Medical Treatment
A care manager can be a great resource if you are trying to juggle multiple clinics, physicians, treatment centers, and other medical personnel to keep your loved one feeling healthy and well. Without someone skilled in care management, you may find yourself on multiple phone calls, lasting for hours as you try to schedule and coordinate appointments for your loved one. You might have hoops you need to jump through to see the person you want to see, and insurance may present additional stumbling blocks along the way. A care manager can take that off your plate by developing a care plan that is simple for everyone to follow.
Advocating for the Best Care
It can be hard to advocate for your loved one when you don’t know the right words to say or the correct people to ask. A care manager can help by knowing how to ask and who to ask. They are respected within the care community and their suggestions are taken seriously. They can also help you know what options are out there that you may not be aware of.
Assisting in Family Relationships
Family members (including your aging senior) may all have different ideas about what is best for your aging loved one. Sometimes all of those opinions can create a stalemate. Having a trained care management provider as part of your team gives you someone knowledgeable and neutral and; therefore, is able to guide the family to the best choice for your aging loved one without hurting feelings or damaging life-long relationships.
Finding Support Systems Through Care Management
A care manager can help you find programs, groups, and even social events for your aging loved one to participate in to enrich her daily life. They can be an endless resource in the community in which you live so you don’t need to do all the research by yourself.
Since the care manager provides a point of contact between your loved one, yourself, and the other care providers in your loved one’s life, you might find them to be the perfect person to partner with.
If you or an aging loved one are considering your Care Management Services please contact the caring staff at Connect Our Elders today! (858) 222-9241
Connect Our Elders provides free advisory and senior care planning across the U.S.
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