All you want to do is provide care and love for your aging loved one. You know that he needs help to continue to thrive and be independent, and you’re there to help him live his best life right now. From spending precious time with him to helping him prepare meals so he eats well, you have your hands full, even if it’s in the most wonderful way.
Sometimes our loved ones need help in other ways that are not solely centered around love. And those other areas of care may be beyond our level of expertise, causing fear and anxiety over whether you are doing the right thing or if you even know what the right thing is.
Because of that, a professional care manager is trained to help you with those areas of care management that you just don’t feel quite qualified for. Much like you wouldn’t expect yourself to be able to put a crown on your tooth, or replace the engine in your car, leaning on a professionally trained care management team helps you get the resources you need to care for your loved one so that you can focus on the areas that you’re good at.
If you aren’t sure if you need someone to help you with the care management of your loved one, consider some areas of his life that may be struggling with. If any of these areas are points of tension and frustration, a care manager will be able to step in and assist you so that your loved one is getting good advice and guidance as to what steps should be taken.
- Legal help. If your loved one needs legal help, a care manager can help him find the resources he needs to get the help he needs whether it is because of a car accident he caused, a will that needs to be amended, or any legal trouble he may be in. You don’t want to have to be the expert in this area and a care manager will help you find someone trained and ready to help.
- Housing help. If your loved one needs to consider moving into another type of housing, such as assisted living or a senior residence, there are a lot of options out there and they can get to be very overwhelming. A care manager can help you and your loved one find a new home that is perfect for him and meets all his needs.
- Advocacy. Sometimes fighting the same battle repeatedly is exhausting. Whether it’s trying to get medical needs covered by insurance or fighting for alternative treatments to a condition, it helps to have someone in your corner who is trained in advocacy of your loved one’s needs.
- Relationship help. Families can be complicated and caring for an elderly loved one can cause conflicts. Having a neutral third-party care manager might help you come to good solutions without causing hurt feelings among family members.
Consider a care management team to help with the care of your loved one so you can focus on doing what you love, which is simply spending time with your loved one.
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