Why Hire a Care Coordinator?
The majority of seniors have more than one chronic condition, which means they likely see a team of doctors, specialists, or other health care providers regularly. Juggling these appointments while balancing your own obligations can be very challenging as a family caregiver. One way to ease your responsibilities by hiring a care coordinator to help manage your loved one’s care.
“Care coordination is between family, caregivers, and any other care team member,” says MeetCaregivers CEO Florence Furaha. “It increases better care because everyone knows the care plan, and as the caregiver provides the care, the family can easily track it.”
Care coordination consists of four primary factors:
- Ensuring easy access to a variety of providers and services
- Better communication for streamlined care transitioning between providers
- A shift in focus to the whole patient, rather than a narrow focus on one specific disease or condition
- Providing clear, concise information that patients can easily understand
How A Care Coordinator Solves Care Fragmentation
According to his 2019 article, Pim Valentijn noted that care fragmentation “arises when different healthcare providers and/or organizations do not effectively work together. The lack of cooperation is caused by healthcare providers working from their own silo. These silos are preserved because financing, laws and regulations, data management and education are not aligned or integrated.”
In a 2016 survey by CareMore Health and Harris Poll, which polled 1,005 seniors 65 and older, 85% of older adults had one or more chronic conditions. 64% had visited at least three healthcare professionals in the last 12 months.
The survey’s authors stressed the need for care coordination as the number of elderly patients with multiple chronic illnesses grows. At the time, 34% had family caregivers who coordinated their care for them, while 35% had no one coordinating their care. Additionally, less than half of elderly patients (43%) reported that their doctors asked about treatment from other providers.
From primary, acute, and long-term care, the care coordinator would manage interactions between every provider and relay that information to everyone involved in your loved one’s care.
This streamlines communication channels so you and your loved one can avoid repeated tests, treatments, and services. Not only does this save you time and money, but it promotes your loved one’s safety by closing communication gaps among your loved one’s care providers regarding medicines and treatments.
Care coordinators are the glue that binds you, your loved one’s caregiver, and health care providers. Care coordination simplifies the care process, so your loved one receives the best possible care from every party involved. They also ensure your loved one has the best possible access to health care options.
Meetcaregivers Can Help
Whether your loved one needs extra help around the house, or you need a respite break, we can help. Our qualified in-home caregivers can assist your loved one and family with any need. Call 1 (888) 541-1136 or contact us online.
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Bresnick, Jennifer. “EHR Data Integrity, Care Coordination Top Patient Safety Risks.” HealthITAnalytics, 9 Apr. 2015, healthitanalytics.com/news/ehr-data-integrity-care-coordination-top-patient-safety-risks.
“Care Coordination & Older Adults Issue Brief.” Eldercare Workforce Alliance, eldercareworkforce.org/care-coordination-and-older-adults-issue-brief/.
Heath, Sara. “70% Of Senior Patients Need Better Care Coordination.” PatientEngagementHIT, 6 Dec. 2016, patientengagementhit.com/news/70-of-senior-patients-need-better-care-coordination.
NEJM Catalyst. “What Is Care Coordination?” NEJM Catalyst, 1 Jan. 2018, catalyst.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/CAT.18.0291.
Valentijn, Pim. “Fragmented Care: the Causes and What We Can Do about It.” Essenburgh Training & Advies – Care Matters, 9 July 2019, www.essenburgh.com/en/blog/fragmented-care-the-causes-and-what-we-can-do-about-it.