Care Management

Care Management

Care managers help with navigation through the long-term supportive services system. (Care managers who specialize in the care of seniors are referred to as geriatric care managers.) They are extremely important members of long-term care supportive teams.

Seniors can turn to care managers to learn what resources available in their areas will best meet their needs and to contract with local service providers. Families who live far away or are otherwise unable to provide care for a loved one often turn to private care managers to arrange for assistance.

Care managers meet with seniors and families, assess their needs, and develop plans to meet those needs. They also can help fill out the appropriate Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance forms. Care managers usually follow up after providing their services to make sure that the senior is receiving the care he or she needs.

Because of their central role in long-term supportive services, care management service systems have grown enormously in the last several decades. Several important resources for locating care managers include the Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and the Case Management Society of America.

The information above is reprinted from Working with Seniors: Health, Financial and Social Issues with permission from Society of Certified Senior Advisors® . Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved.