What is a Care Coordinator? How can a Care Coordinator help with our concerns about our loved one? Will the Care Coordinator help us understand how the long-term care system works? Will she know about community resources? Can the Care Coordinator help us understand how long-term and health care services for our loved one are accessed and funded? Can she help the people who work with our loved one work together as a team?
Your Care Coordinator
A Care Coordinator is a professional, such as a social worker, counselor, nurse, or gerontologist who specializes in assisting older people and their families to attain the highest quality of life given their circumstances. A Care Coordinator will:
* Conduct care assessments to identify problems and assist in solving them.
* Assist families in identifying and arranging in-home help or other services.
* Coordinate with medical and health providers.
* Review medical issues and offer referrals to other geriatric specialists to provide appropriate care while conserving financial resources.
* Provide support, guidance, and advocacy during a crisis.
* Help with coordinating transfer and transportation of an older person to or from a retirement complex, assisted care living facility, or nursing home.
* Provide education.
* Offer counseling and support.
* Prepare and guide clients and families through the Medicaid application process.
What Does This Mean to You?
As a part of their Life Care Plan, a Care Coordinator is assigned to help our clients and their families with their long-term care concerns. At Clinkscales Elder Law Practice, P.A., the Care Coordinator functions as the point of contact for the family and assists in coordinating services to help take care of their loved one.
The Care Coordinator has extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in the community. As our families begin their journey through the long-term care system, it is helpful for them to have a supportive and knowledgeable advocate to accompany them along the way.