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Care Management Techniques You Can Use
Did you ever wish you could just pick up the phone and call someone who would take stock of your situation, help you access the right services, counsel you and your family to help resolve some of your differences, then monitor your progress with an eye toward channeling your energy and abilities as effectively as possible? If your answer is “yes,” you’re not alone. Having the help of a care coordinator (often called a care manager) could make all of our lives easier and less lonesome, and help us be more capable family caregivers. While most of us may not have access to a care coordinator, we can all learn how to think and act like one, thereby reaping numerous benefits for our loved ones and ourselves. 

Become Your Own Care Coordinator
By learning and applying at least some of the care coordination techniques and ideas that follow, you’ll be in a much better position to develop an organized course of action that will, hopefully, make you feel more confident and in control — a goal well worth working toward. Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
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Although every case is different, the care coordination approach usually involves:

• Gathering information from healthcare providers;
• An assessment of your care recipient and the home environment;
• Research into available public and/or private services and 
  resources to meet your loved one’s needs; and
• Ongoing communication between all parties to keep information
  up-to-date and services appropriate and effective.

Unfortunately, an assessment of your abilities and needs is not necessarily a standard part of the process, but it should be. 
A complete view of the situation cannot be gained without one. 
An objective analysis of your health, emotional state, other commitments, etc., are key elements in determining how much you can and cannot do yourself, and what type of outside support is needed to ensure your loved one’s health and safety.
• Your loved one’s ability to function independently, both physically and mentally.
• The availability of family and/or friends to form a support network to share the care.
• The physical environment: Is it accessible or can it be adapted at reasonable cost?
• Your other responsibilities — at work, at home, and in the community.
• Your own health and physical abilities.
• Your financial resources, available insurance, and existence of healthcare or 
   end-of-life documents.
This assessment will help you come to a realistic view of the situation. It will let you know the questions to which you need answers. It can be a handy baseline for charting your caregiving journey and reminding you just how much you’ve learned along the way.
Write down your observations of the present situation
With all the responsibilities you assume, its good to have a well-written plan of action to help you sort through it all. Your Caregiver Plan of Action should include the following information:
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