The goal of Care Management is to help keep people living in their own home as long as possible, delaying or avoiding nursing home or group home placement. Care Management is a service provided by trained professionals who assess needs and coordinate services. Care Managers meet with the person in their own home and conduct a confidential, thorough assessment of their health & safety needs. Care Managers will ask people about their diagnosis, their medications, perform a nutrition screen, attain financial information to determine eligibility for benefits, and ask and observe how the person is managing their daily activities in their own home.
For all people, but especially with people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related ailments, people who have a guardian, or people with communication difficulties, family or other caregivers are encouraged to be present at the assessment. An example might be the person might claim they can bathe independently, but actually they frequently forget, or cannot bathe adequately to maintain appropriate hygiene. The family or caregiver can provide accurate information to the Care Manager, so that the Care Manager gets accurate information.
Through this assessment, the Care Manager can determine the strengths, weaknesses and specific needs of that individual. The Care Manager can then pass along information on programs or services that may be available to the person to help keep them safely in their own homes.
Through questions and observation, a Care Manager can make a determination of appropriate living situation (Is it safe for my loved one to be living alone at home? Does my loved one need or qualify for home care services, and who or what programs can pay for the needed care? Would my loved one be safer in an Assisted Living program and where are those facilities? Is my loved one qualified for nursing home placement and is that placement necessary at this time?)
There are no age or income requirements to request an assessment. Care Managers are well versed on serving the elderly, as well as serving those who are younger, who may have other physical impairments, such as with Multiple Sclerosis or Muscular Dystrophy. Care Managers also specialize in serving people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.
Care Managers can develop an individualized Service Plan, which details the type of services needed, the frequency, and the payor source for each service. Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, other family or friends who provide support, and public services or other programs used to help keep that person at home are included in the planning stages while developing the Service Plan.
An initial assessment is conducted free of charge. On-going Care Management can be funded by an in-home services program or by private pay.
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