Elder Care Coordination helps seniors and their family members navigate the senior healthcare continuum. An experienced Elder Care Coordinator can develop an elder centered plan that meets the specific needs of the elder while conserving the resources needed to pay for healthcare services.
Without a plan, an elder my find themselves getting services from a provider they didn’t choose or be unnecessarily admitted to the nursing home.
Most people think that elder care coordination is just for the frail elderly. But a good long-term care plan initiated before illness or injury strike can save time and money when dealing with a health care crisis.
So when is time for Elder Care Coordination? One or more of the factors listed below may indicate a need for long-term care planning by an Elder Care Coordination
Health Risk Factors
- Recently diagnosed with a progressive illness like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Congestive Heart Failure, Kidney Disease or Cancer.
- Suffering from a chronic disease or condition like diabetes, hepatitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), muscle disorders, chronic debilitating pain, concussion syndrome or heart disease.
- Recent illness or injury caused by falling at home, stroke, closed head injury or heart attack.
- Changes in mobility that restrict the ability to move around the house.
- Changes in mobility the restrict shopping, attending scheduled appointments like doctor’s office visits and social activity.
- Changes in physical endurance that restrict activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, meal preparation, bathing and housekeeping.
- Trips out of the house require assistance from a friend or family member.
- Limited support available from family or friends in case of illness.
- Lack of plan in place for providing care at home in case of healthcare crisis.
- Lacks knowledge of the senior healthcare continuum including various levels of service, cost and qualifications.
- Desire to save money and resources from long-term care costs.
If one or more of these factors apply to you, you may need intervention from an Elder Care Coordinator. The Elder Care Coordinator can then develop a long-term plan to proactively plan for a health care crisis that could drain valuable resources.
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