Assessment – An in-depth evaluation that looks at a person’s environment, health concerns, safety issues, emotional, psychological and cognitive factors, social and family dynamics, history and strengths. Out of the assessment an individualized care plan is developed with detailed recommendations. The assessment process can stand alone or can be the beginning of a therapeutic relationship.
“The bend in the road
is not the end of the road
unless you refuse
to take the turn.”
– Author Unknown
Care Management – An ongoing relationship between a client and practitioner. The care manager can provide monitoring visits, advocacy, care coordination, referral to services, medical escort and monthly reports. Professional care management can be an effective solution for out of town family concerned about their loved one’s well being.
Guardianship – When a person is no longer able to make decisions regarding his or her needs a guardian can be appointed. It is the guardian’s mandate to make decisions in the client’s best interest, with particular attention to the client’s historical preferences. A third party guardian is often the choice of families who are at a distance or are unable to reach a consensus about the care of their loved one. Guardians are sometimes appointed when there is a concern of elder abuse.
Supervision of Difficult Visits – Sometimes it is in the best interest of all parties to have an objective person present during visits to ensure the best possible outcome.
Medical Escort – The care manager can attend medical appointments to help remember important points and instructions, raise concerns, ask questions and provide a report to all concerned parties.
Family Support and Consultation – Fmilies often find it helpful to consult with a mental health professional when dealing with a particularly difficult, new or unfamiliar situation. The professional can provide support, information and resources.