A care manager is different from a caregiver. The caregiver generally handles the day-to-day duties of caring for the client. The care manager not only monitors and enhances the value of the caregiver, but also serves as a vital resource for managing the overall plan of care. Reasons for needing a care manager:
• Family members are not available to provide needed assistance with care delivery and coordination because of distance, work commitments, or other responsibilities.
• Older adults need assistance in maintaining independence, dignity, and control as they face health and life changes yet still have a tremendous amount of life left in their heart and soul.
• Assistance is needed to consider and evaluate living arrangements and to identify appropriate alternatives.
• Unresolved issues or family conflicts interfere with care decisions and a calm voice is needed.
• The older adult exhibits poor self care, such as maintaining the home, diet and missing medical appointments.