Professionals for Ongoing Care and Health Management
Care managers are able to evaluate complex needs and provide ongoing coordination for medical services, living arrangements, and additional support services. Our experts can help you determine if engaging a care manager is the right solution for you.
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Virtual Care Management
WeCare...Because You DoSM is an evidence-based care coordination program delivered via phone and email. A personal Care Consultant works alongside you to address your needs and develop a custom plan with options and resources. They focus on challenges of the older adult as well as the wellbeing of family caregivers.
We can help you choose the best solution for you.
When to find a Care Manager
It may be overwhelming to figure out the best arrangements for you as you age, especially if family members aren’t physically close to you. In these cases, engaging a professional care manager (also known as a geriatric care manager or an aging life care professional) who is familiar with solving aging needs may offer peace of mind.
While Honor Expert is available to answer your preliminary questions, care managers offer ongoing support and are able to understand your needs and family dynamics on a much deeper level.
What Do Care Managers Do?
- Evaluate and monitor care needs
- Help create short and long term plans to address personal needs
- Coordinate living arrangements
- Select care staff
- Coordinate and attend medical appointments
How Much Do Care Managers Cost?
Care manager services are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, so you will likely have to pay out of pocket. However, it is worth checking if anyone in your family has employee benefits that include care management services.
The cost of a care manager's initial assessments of a care recipient can range from about $300 in rural areas to more than $800 in large urban areas. Ongoing hourly rates range from $100 to $200, based on a 2017 survey by AARP.
Finding a Good Care Manager For You
The Aging Life Care Association offers a directory to help find local care managers. It’s a good idea to interview several professionals before making a final decision. Consider the following questions when you are interviewing care managers.
- What credentials and licenses do you have?
- How long have you been providing care management services?
- Are you available for emergencies around the clock?
- How will you communicate with us?
- What are your initial and ongoing fees, and can you provide them in writing?
- Can you provide references?
When you’ve settled on the right care manager for you, you may ask them to write up a letter or contract outlining their engagement with you. They’ll likely want to meet with you in person or virtually for an initial assessment. Consider having any family members or caregivers who are involved with your care present for this meeting. Once your care manager starts providing service to you, be sure to maintain open lines of communication with them. The more they know about what’s going on with you and where you might be having trouble, the better they can serve you. Having the right care manager on your team can bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones. Especially when those loved ones live far away.