What is a care coordinator?
According to an article in The New York Times, “A professional geriatric care manager has been educated in various fields of human services — social work, psychology, nursing, gerontology — and trained to assess, plan, coordinate, monitor and provide services for the elderly and their families. Advocacy for older adults is a primary function of the care manager.”
Not every family has the time or energy to plan, coordinate, and implement all the moving parts that come with caring for an aging loved one. A care manager takes the role of nurse, social worker, and general life manager off the plate of loved ones.
Who would benefit from the services of a care coordinator?
While the majority of our clients are elderly adults, we also work with younger adults who face challenges of disability, serious illness or mental health problems. We can assist with care coordination in the following situations:
- If your loved one has limited or no local family support and you’re looking to reduce travel time.
- If you have limited time/expertise in dealing with chronic care needs and do not know where to turn.
- If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused by care solutions.
- If you have limited expertise in dealing with chronic care needs and do not live close by.
- Care managers ensure more positive outcomes for patients, which can reduce hospital readmissions or other health issues that could lead to greater costs.
- If you are looking to reduce hospital readmissions that can add up to greater costs.