Establishing elder care planning can be confusing for families. Finding the right information about the options for care management will help your loved one remain as independent as possible. With the guidance of the team at The Law Office of Amy B. Van Fossen, P.A., your family will also protect your loved one’s assets and plan for quality of life when respite care is needed while you determine whether you need case management or guardianship.

What is a Case Manager?

Case managers act as points of contact in the care team that may include medical professionals, service providers, or assistants in someone’s plan of care. The relevant professionals may include a wide variety of social services, medical care, or legal care. The case manager plays a vital role in communicating new developments and critical information so that each member of the care management team can make informed decisions.

Why would an adult have a case manager?

There are many situations where it may be helpful for an adult to have a case manager. Particularly with elder care, this may be necessary when a loved one does not have the energy, health, or mental capacity to keep up with their daily care. A case manager plays a crucial role in a variety of tasks, planning, meeting with professionals, and coordinating everyday life for your loved one without removing their final decision-making authority.

How do case managers help families?

Case managers help families by serving as your extended arm when a loved one needs a care team but none of the primary family caregivers have the time or ability to serve in that role. A case manager can operate as a care manager for your loved one’s practical needs as well as serve as the primary contact for critical information that is needed by each member of the care team. 

How does an elder care attorney help with case management?

An elder care attorney is a valuable advocate for your loved one as the case manager is making decisions for their care plan. Partnering with an elder care attorney with a case manager can help your family consider a plan of care for a variety of concerns, expenses, and recommendations for care that may develop.

What is Guardianship?

Guardianship is a quality of care above a case manager intended to serve someone who has less ability to manage their day-to-day lives or important health care and financial decisions. A guardian can befamily caregiver, a close friend, or a fiduciary with several wards who answers to the court on the person’s behalf.

Why would an adult need a guardian?

The most frequent scenario where an adult needs a guardian is when they have a limited or complete inability to manage their own life decisions. There are two types of guardianship in Florida, limited and plenary (full). Under limited guardianship, the adult in care (referred to as a ward) can still make some independent decisions. If the adult is under plenary guardianship all decisions about the ward’s person and property are made by the guardian.

How does an elder care attorney help establish guardianship?

Our elder care attorney team can help file legal documents such as a petition for guardianship to assess the physical, mental, and functional health of your loved one to determine the types of care needed. 

Then, after the level of need is established, a personal contact from our law offices can help you locate a guardian or help your family establish the best guardian for your loved one.

If you believe your loved one may need a case manager or guardian in Central Florida contact The Law Offices of Amy B. Van Fossen, P.A. Our attorneys will take care to listen to your loved one’s wishes and ensure your family has a clear plan in place. Contact us today to learn more about how Florida case management and guardianship work.