Care Management is a philosophy of care that emphatically centers on the person. Rather than attempting to grapple with a complex system of disconnected (and potentially contradictory) care options, and then determine where an older adult might fit into the maze — care management starts with the person — and crafts the appropriate care plan around them.
A care management team or a care manager (CM) will evaluate an individual’s unique needs, plan proper strategies, keeps family members and health teams fully informed, and make necessary adjustments, accordingly. But the patient never moves from the center of focus. Indeed, when all issues of care (and prevention) revolve around the person, every aspect of care is enhanced, and outcomes are consistently improved.
In this way, managed care is:
Jewish Family Service believes that the fundamental elements of care management are as follows:
In focusing the light of healthcare where it belongs — JFS care managers can provide answers to patients and families at a time of potential uncertainty. By implementing a holistic, patient-centered approach to care — worry and expense will be minimized, engagement and awareness will be boosted, family stress will diminish, overall satisfaction will increase, community connections will be enhanced, and better outcomes will result!