Solutions For Independence

Providing Life Consulting and Planning for the Aging and Disabled

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S)

What is a Care Manager?

 Care Manager is an individual who specializes in assisting individuals faced with the challenges of aging. They are knowledgeable of health care issues and changes.  A Care Manager can navigate the health care system and assist in making long-term care decision.  They are qualified to review financial, legal, or medical issues and offer referrals to specialists to avoid future problems and conserve assets.

How do I decide if a Care Manager is right for me?

The first step in determining whether or not a Care Manager is the right choice for you is to interview that individual.  Share your questions and concerns and be open about your situation.  Ask questions regarding the Care Manager’s background and training, as well as past experience.  It is also common to request references.

What will a Care Manager do upon being hired?
What if I need help in my home?

Yes, a Care Manager will offer solutions to many healthcare needs, including home care.  A Care Manager can coordinate, hire, direct and monitor direct care staff. They can also provide client, family and caregiver training.

How can a Care Manager help if I am in need of medical attention?

A Care Manager can offer assistance with medical needs in a variety of ways.  For instance, a Care Manager will arrange and attend physician appointments, medical testing, treatments, therapies and emergency room visits. They will act as a liaison between a client and his/her physician.  Comprehending diagnoses and treatments can be confusing and overwhelming.  A Care Manager can help in explaining a confusing diagnoses and/or offer insight to treatment options. 

Will a Care Manager help if I have to move from my home?

A Care Manager is well versed in long-term care living options.  Whether you want to downsize or need more assistance, a Care Manager can offer the best living arrangement to meet your needs.  They will arrange and conduct tours, complete admission paperwork and coordinate as well as conduct the physical move.  

A Care Manager will help you determine if you qualify for government or private benefits.  They will also assist with preparing applications for benefits including: Veterans Administration, private insurance, social security, social security disability and Medical assistance/Medicaid.

Once I have moved, what role will a Care Manager play?

Once you have conquered the actual move, a Care Manager can prepare a personal residence for sale or close an apartment.  A Care Manager will also conduct visits to monitor and ensure safety, comfort and quality of care.  They offer advocacy and emotional support understanding how physically and emotionally difficult a move can be.

How can a representative from SFI help?

Care Management services such as coordination of in-home services, planning living options, and assistance with medical care are far too complicated to conquer alone. Engaging a Care Manager is an important decision and should be made with confidence.  At Solutions for Independence we have specialized in and provided Care Management and long-term care planning services for more than 10 years.  

When making an important decision such as choosing a Care Manager, it is best to choose an individual with knowledge and expertise: an individual who provides Care Management services as a profession.