Why You May Want to Consider Hiring a Care Manager
By Jaimee Friedlander, LCSW
Feeling burnt out or overwhelmed? Is your family at odds regarding care decisions? Unsure about your loved one’s options regarding local resources and financial assistance? If any of this sounds familiar, you may want to consider working with a care manager.
What are care managers and how can they help?
A care manager is an experienced professional whose role is to help guide families through all the important decisions related to your loved one’s care and quality of life as they age or face serious health issues. You can think of a care manager as the boots on the ground, coordinating your loved one’s care and monitoring their needs. They can help you to problem solve and come up with individualized solutions when care-related challenges present themselves, and they also serve as advocates for their clients whether they are at home, in a doctor’s office or in the hospital.
How do care managers collaborate with home care providers, like Platinum Select Care?
Care managers and home care providers are two members of the same team. They provide different services with the same goal in mind: to make sure your loved one is receiving the best care possible. Care managers can help to streamline communication between all parties involved (home care, doctors, family, therapists, etc.) and do regular home visits to monitor and make sure your loved one’s needs are being met. Care managers can also help to ease transitions and offer support when your loved one is resistant to accepting help.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of Guiding Care, LLC, a concierge care management service based in South Florida. As a care manager, I value the relationships I have with each of my clients and enjoy being able to find solutions to everyday problems in order to improve their quality of life.
If you are interested in learning more about care management services, I encourage you to visit my website at www.guidingcarefl.com. You can also visit the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) website at www.aginglifecare.org. ALCA is the national association for professional care managers.