Assurance Guardianship & Care Services, LLC

FAQs

What is a care manager? 
A care manager is a professional who is experienced in working with at-risk populations (seniors, people with disabilities, etc), and with the care systems that provide services for such individuals. A care manager can perform a comprehensive assessment on the person regarding their unmet needs, resources, and services available, and can then link the person with needed services to help them remain as safe as possible in the least restrictive setting. The care manager can then continue to monitor the person and the services provided, to help ensure that the person continues to remain safe and adequately served in their environment, and can change or alter the services as needed.
 

Why a professional care manager?
A professional care manager is well-familiarized with the great number and scope of services in the community, which can seem bewildering to the non-professional. The professional care manager is skilled at observing and addressing the many needs of the individual, and linking them to appropriate services. A professional care manager serves as another set of eyes and ears on your loved one, and as the communicator between you, your loved one, and all of the services providers and others involved in your loved one’s care.
 

How much will all of this cost?
Professional care managers generally charge an hourly fee, and pro-rate the fee depending on the length of time taken to provide the particular service. A care manager can usually tailor the service to the particular need, keeping in mind the financial situation of the client. 
 

How do I know when a care manager is needed?
It’s best to involve a care manager as soon as it becomes evident that your loved one needs help. Some “symptoms” to be on the lookout for in your loved one include:

  • Inability to keep up with housework as before, which can create safety concerns if there is clutter that can cause a fall
  • Increasing isolation
  • Unsteady gait/walking and possible fall risk
  • Inability to keep up with finances, bill paying, etc., causing overdrafts among other problems.
  • More frequent medical issues than before, including trips to the emergency room