Welcome Wisdom

Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care

November 1, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Among the many privileges of care management work is the opportunity to journey with clients to the end of their lives. Because we spend time developing familiarity with our clients, regularly provide advocacy for their care, and understand what their priorities are for their well-being and quality... Read More

Resources for Clients on the Move

October 3, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management In our work at Elder Care Management, we often encounter older adults on the precipice of making a move –either because their current home has become too much to manage, or because declining health makes the current home no longer safe. Common obstacles to accomplishing a move... Read More

Care Management Optimizes Home Health

September 6, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Elder Care Management care managers regularly provide advocacy for clients in medical settings, everywhere from the physician’s office, to hospital, to home. Care managers assist with facilitating medical orders to help ensure clients receive the prescribed care and treatment. Home health is one of those benefits that... Read More

In-Home Care as Support for Aging

August 1, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management One of the services Elder Care Management regularly interacts with is in-home care, services that provide non-medical caregiving and assistance for a client at home. Hiring in-home assistance can help extend an older adult’s ability to remain in place, often supplementing family support, and combined with home modifications and the... Read More

Advocacy to Optimize Health Care

July 6, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Dealing with the physical and mental health challenges that can accompany aging begins with understanding and maximizing available support systems. However, finding resources, making connections, and then utilizing those resources can seem daunting – especially when time and energy are diminished because of the stress of coping... Read More

Life Enrichment as a Care Management Approach

June 1, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management Elder Care Management care managers follow a person-centered, holistic approach to serving our clients. Determining a client’s access to life-enriching activities is part of the comprehensive care management assessment, which may lead to a referral to a therapeutic activity specialist. Like the personalized approach of care management,... Read More

Safety First…

May 3, 2022 — by Felicia Juntunen, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management The intersection of health and safety is a topic important to old and young alike. The environment of our homes and our habits therein impacts our safety and influences our health. As we age, the emphasis on safety intensifies, especially as physical health declines and senses... Read More

What role does a Fiduciary play in the aging process? 

April 5, 2022 — by Gail Arno, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management A fiduciary is an individual who holds a legal or ethical relationship of trust with one or more other parties. They are placed in a position of legal trust on behalf of another individual or group.  At times, professional fiduciaries are appointed by courts to serve in a... Read More

Making sure you have your legal house in order by turning to the professionals… 

March 2, 2022 — by Gail Arno, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management As Care Managers, one of the first responsibilities that we undertake with new clients is to ensure that their legal house is in order.  This is a critical task that is often neglected or overlooked.  Although we understand that this can be a confusing topic, these conversations are essential... Read More

Partnering with those best prepared to support

February 1, 2022 — by Gail Arno, CMC, ECM Director of Care Management As we continue to write about the partnership efforts that we, as Care Managers find so vital, it seems prudent to share a few of the resources that we rely on both near and far.  We are often brought into the lives of our clients in the... Read More