Coordinating the healthcare decisions that come with aging can feel overwhelming, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one. A Care Navigator, sometimes called a Senior Care Coordinator or Geriatric Care Manager, can be an excellent guide and support person for this purpose.
What Is a Senior Care Coordinator?
A Senior Care Coordinator is typically a licensed social worker or nurse who specializes in working with seniors on care decisions — from who to see for care to helping to coordinate and manage care needs and services. Their primary role is to help clients formulate a plan for care now and later, and identify the places and professionals who can deliver that care.
In addition, they’re skilled in evaluating everything from what home safety equipment might be helpful to addressing emotional concerns with you. In short, Care Navigators provide a clear head, thoughtful advice, and a wonderful shoulder to lean on for people dealing with this complex experience that we all eventually go through.
The Benefits of Having a Senior Care Coordinator
As this plan is formulated, your care team will also take shape. That team can include, for example, physicians and specialists, physical therapists, mental health professionals, labs, pharmacies, social workers, and family caregivers, all working together to ensure your health and well-being needs are met.
Needless to say, with a team that extensive, you can see why it makes sense to have someone to oversee communication, scheduling and more. The senior care coordinator can facilitate this, as well as monitor if you or your loved one’s needs change and require expanded care or additional types of care.
To summarize, having a Care Navigator is beneficial because:
They’re always available to respond to your or your loved ones’ questions or concerns. If they can’t solve the issue, they know who can.
- They ensure necessary communication among team members to keep everyone updated and on the same page.
- They’re proactive rather than reactive — they can alert team members to anticipated needs to avoid emergencies and procure more effective, well-planned long-term care.
- They help take the burden of navigating the system off your and your loved ones’ shoulders to allow you to focus on each other.
- They ensure vital information is properly shared among the team to avoid miscommunication or delays in care decisions.
Those who’ve chosen to use senior care coordinators for their loved ones will be the first to tell you the decision was the smartest one they’ve ever made. In fact, studies clearly support the notion that having a senior care coordinator produces improved outcomes on several key fronts.
Having a senior care coordinator has been shown to:
- Reduce hospital admissions, visits to the emergency room, and repeat doctor visits.
- Reduce medical costs for the family.
- Reduce stress on the patient and the family.
- Increase patient safety and health outcomes overall.
Why Choose Fellowship for Care Navigation?
Here at Fellowship Senior Living, our goal is to provide the widest variety of services to meet the needs of seniors. One of the most appreciated and beneficial offerings is our Care Management Services. Our compassionate coordinators are skilled in ensuring their clients receive the care they need as seamlessly and stress-free as possible. We even offer a service which can send medication reminders and appointment alerts right to your or a family member’s phone.
For more details on our senior services, look for the “Get in Touch” form at the bottom of this page. We look forward to meeting with you and helping to make your life easier!