As you made your way back home from an elder relative's home during the holidays, you may have noticed some things that suggested that he/she could need some extra care. I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of CarePlanners, Alan Blaustein, in the fall of last year and learn more about his company. I was impressed.
You may be familiar with geriatric care managers as a profession and I have blogged about the vital role they play in senior care. I think CarePlanners ups the ante in the quality of professional available to you to help direct care for a loved one and even direct care for yourself.
Their team of Careplanners represents the full-spectrum of healthcare expertise – registered nurses, social workers, Medicare experts, insurance and billing specialists and other healthcare advocates. A person can only get to be part of CarePlanners if they are deeply caring and committed people – sharing their passion to eliminate the obstacles and frustrations of the healthcare system. All go through extensive interviews and training And that level of quality is what impressed me with this company.
I was also impressed with their five-step common sense approach:
- Get a snapshot of your situation. Put all the information in one place.
- Talk you through next steps and set goals.
- Create a simple road map of decision options.
- Make sure you are matched to services that you can afford or have resources for which to pay for them.
- Organize and execute.
For a flat fee, a care consultant will help you with:
- Dealing with a Serious Illness
- Preparing for a Hospital Stay
- Arranging Senior Care Services
- Resolving Billing and Insurance Issues
- Coordinating Care for Complex Existing Conditions
- Planning for End of Life Needs
To get started, you can request a call, chat online, or call them at 1.800.989.3588.
You can sign up and take advantage of online tools as well.
The co-founder of the company is Dr. Nancy Snyderman. You may be familiar with her from her work on NBC.
Friends for years, Alan Blaustein and Dr. Nancy Snyderman grew even closer after Alan was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. As Alan dealt with his treatment, he and his family spent most of their time and energy dealing with the healthcare system’s many obstacles: managing and coordinating physicians, insurance companies, medical billing agencies, and various hospitals.
The more they discussed these inefficiencies, Alan and Dr. Nancy were amazed by the limited resources available to caregivers and patients to make it simpler for them to manage their healthcare crises and evolving needs.
Check out CarePlanners today.
Anthony is the about.com expert in assisted living (assistedliving.about.com), an international healthcare consultant and a strategic partner for Answers for Elders.
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