How COVID-19 Affects the Need for Care Management Services
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially concerning for seniors and their loved ones. Seniors are disproportionately affected by the virus, especially those with underlying conditions such as COPD and heart issues. In an attempt to maintain social distancing and minimize contact with potential contagions, many seniors have become increasingly isolated from their family members. In the absence of routine socialization and attentive care, loneliness and depression as well as memory issues linked to dementia and other diseases can creep in. In response to these difficult circumstances, many families are seeking the assistance of care management services.
Care managers help families ensure that their senior loved one is safe and cared for, even in unprecedented times such as these. Care management services can be a great help when it comes to coordinating hospital appointments and in-home care to ensure that your loved one receives prompt care despite social distancing restrictions. Care managers are up-to-date and compliant with COVID-19 regulations, and use their expert knowledge to help your loved one live more safely and comfortably at home. They can provide moral support in trying times and manage the finer details of care so that you can rest easy knowing your loved one is well taken care of. With a care manager working on the ground and communicating with you directly, you’ll know what’s going on in your loved one’s life despite the distance and be empowered to make decisions regarding their care.
Care management services can encompass a wide range of offerings, including:
- Assessing care needs and setting up in-home care services
- Coordinating medical appointments and arranging transportation
- Advocating for the senior to healthcare providers
- Arranging respite care to give family caregivers a break
- Making referrals to financial and legal professionals as needed
- Assisting with housing transitions
- Facilitating crisis management in case of emergency
The care management team at Hired Hands Home Care has over 100 hours of combined elder care management experience. Our managers are trained to thoroughly evaluate your loved one’s holistic mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing in order to offer streamlined, accessible solutions. The care management team is fully integrated with our full service home care, ensuring smooth transitions and clear communication.
If you’re ready to explore how care management services can enrich the life of a senior you love, contact us for a free care consultation. Give us a call at (866) 940-4343 to learn more about our in-home support services in Santa Rosa and the surrounding communities.