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FAQ – Case Management

If I don’t want or need “nursing home” care yet, can I call you?

Yes, absolutely!  We will discuss with you the different levels of care and help you decide what kind of care you want or need even if it’s for the future. It’s better to plan ahead so you’ll have time to decide on important life choices.

I want to stay at home as long as I can, but I don’t know how to go about doing that.

There are various ways to accomplish this and a lot depends on the condition of your health. The healthier you are, the more likely that this is feasible. But even if you have health issues and even some chronic health problems, we can explore possible options with you.

I have Medicare, so will that take care of me when I get older? Do I need anything else?

Medicare takes care of your hospital, your medicines, and some medical services, but it won’t necessarily take care of your long term care needs. What you need in addition, if anything, depends upon your unique health care needs.

Do I have to sell my home in order to receive long term care services?

There is no one answer to this question. The answer to this question varies according to how much financial assets you have, who lives in the home, who’s going to be taking care of you, and how long you’ll need long term care. We can discuss this with you so you have a better idea of what you need to do for your specific situation.

What is the difference between case management provided by a nurse versus a social worker?

Nurses provide clinical and physical assessment with an emphasis on the physical health of the individual.

Social workers provide psychosocial assessments evaluating the patient’s entire perspective in a holistic approach including family and support systems as well as the physical care required.

I don’t want to be a burden to my children when I get older, what should I do?

There are certain legal instruments/documents that you should have. In addition, a lot depends upon your available resources and what your preferences for care are. We can discuss different scenarios and options for you to consider and then help you map out a strategy that is appropriate for you.