Elder Care Management
With so many people living longer today, most of us eventually are going to be taking care of an aging relative, whether it’s a parent, spouse or other family member — if we aren’t already doing so. No matter how good our relationships with our loved ones may be, the responsibilities and stresses of caregiving can feel overwhelming, and they’re intensified when we feel we have to handle things alone. The good news is that you don’t have to deal with these challenges alone.
JCS Elder Care Management, a fee for service program, supports individuals in their desire to continue living in their own homes or in other settings with maximum independence and dignity while providing their family and caregivers with peace of mind.
Care Management is a collaborative partnership between clients, families and significant others to enhance the quality of life of your loved one. Our Professional Certified Care Managers strive to meet and exceed your expectations for high quality services. We are aware that situations change and we want to be flexible to accommodate your needs. Following are the options for the level of care you may choose.
Elder Care Consultation
You and your family will meet with an experienced Elder Care Manager to discuss all relevant issues for you or your loved one and receive individualized solutions and recommendations based on your particular needs and resources.
Comprehensive Elder Care Assessment
The Comprehensive Elder Care Assessment includes a detailed evaluation of the emotional, psycho-social, medical, functional and financial concerns of the individual and their family. Our Care Management team will talk with family members and then schedule a 2 hour face-to-face session with the client. The session will include a review of cognitive and psychological status, health indicators, medications, living environment, the currently available support system, Activities of Daily Living and the present quality of life.
Information gathered from the Assessment is written in a report outlining findings and recommendations resulting in a personalized plan of care, which will be provided to you within 2-4 weeks. The Care Manager will present this Assessment report to you in a 60 minute session.
Care Management Services
Once we have completed the Elder Care Assessment, you may choose ongoing care management services. Care Managers will use their expertise in elder care and navigating the health care system to implement the plan of care. When you select to work with our Care Management team you will receive the following Care Management Services as requested:
• Securing and coordinating delivery of services
• Gathering and reviewing pertinent medical records
• Monitoring care and services in client’s residence or facility
• Providing placement consultation and assistance
• Advocating to assure quality of services to client
• Assisting with medical appointments and communication with medical service professionals
• Communicating with family members, caregivers, client representatives and/or related service providers through telephone, email or meetings as approved by the client or their Power of Attorney (POA) and regulated by applicable privacy laws (i.e. HIPAA).
To learn more about what an Elder Care Manager does, read The New York Times’ “Why Hire a Geriatric Care Manager.”
Our Elder Care Management Team
Janet Kurland, LCSW-C, is a Senior Care Specialist at Jewish Community Services of Baltimore. She holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Janet is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, as well as a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager.
Janet has been a practicing social worker for the past 40 years, specializing in gerontology for the majority of her career. She founded a major multi-purpose senior center, pioneered the development of community based social work services to the elderly, and served as a consultant to nursing homes. She has distinguished herself and received many awards and citations, including several from the Governor’s Office of Maryland noting her contributions to the state’s elderly services. Janet is President Emeritus of the Maryland Gerontology Association.
Sharmaine Palmer, RN, has over 35 years of experience working in the field of nursing. She has spent the last 11 years at Jewish Community Services working with older adults and clients with intellectual and physical disabilities and their families. She also has broad experience in orthopedics, oncology, general nursing, home care and emergency medicine.
Through her work in all of these varied fields, Sharmaine has consistently been committed to helping clients advocate for themselves, or to advocate on their behalf, to enhance their quality of life. Communication, education and problem solving are her top priorities when assisting clients in achieving the highest level of independence.
For more information, call 410-466-9200 and ask for Janet Kurland, LCSW-C, Senior Care Specialist.