Finally… your loved one is safely living in a care setting you carefully selected. You are comfortable that all of your loved one’s needs are being met, which is quite a relief for the entire family. Unfortunately, your work is not over! Staff and management changes at a facility, along with changes in your loved one’s care needs. These changes can often turn things upside down with little or no warning.
What will you do? Will you be able to take time off work to accompany your loved one to his/her doctor’s appointment? What if an emergency arises while you’re on vacation?
A Nurse Care Manager can assist you in many ways, working toward the common goal of providing for the overall care needs of your loved one. A Nurse Care Manager is a professional who specializes in assisting older adults and their families with care arrangements.
Nurse Care Managers have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of services in their community. They work with the client (older or incapacitated adult) and the family to provide services that are tailored to meet the needs of the client and family. The Nurse Care Manager objectively views the decisions to be made, always keeping the best interests and needs of the client first. The services provided by the Nurse Care Manager can include the following:
- Coordinate medical care and offer referrals to appropriate specialists
- Review current medication Coordinate and monitor facility and living support services
- Ongoing or as-needed monitoring of the client
- Act as emergency contact, coordinate needs and monitor client while family is out of town or unavailable
- Develop a Plan of Care that identifies problems, eligibility for assistance, and need for services
- Crisis prevention and intervention
- Act as a liaison to families, ensuring that all is well and alerting families to problems which may arise
- Act as an advocate for the client
- Short-term or on-going assistance for long-distance caregivers
- Twenty-four hour on-call availability for emergency situations
- Process medical and insurance benefits
- Review legal issues and offer referrals to attorneys whose practice is focused in Elder Law as needed to avoid future problems and preserve assets
- Continuity of care to reduce miscommunications, time, stress, and costs to clients
Your needs are specific to your situation, so we invite you to please contact our office at no charge to determine if a Nurse Care Manager is the solution for you.