Preventive Care Planning – The Benefits of Comprehensive Assessment

Comprehensive Assessments can be a one time need in which a plan of care is developed and provided to those working with the client or it can be an ongoing relationship that ensures a client receives the specific care necessary to optimize quality of life regardless of the environment a client resides.

Providing a comprehensive assessment for your client’s health needs involves determining their physical, mental, and social needs.  As lifestyle and environment play into an individual’s wellness, providing a comprehensive assessment of the factors which influence the day to day lives of your clients is essential.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EARLY INTERVENTION?

A comprehensive assessment can provide a thorough evaluation of needs and the opportunity to establish a prevention plan to minimize risks including those associated with neglect of health issues, cognitive impairment, lack of insight into one’s own deficits, incomplete follow through of physician recommendations, challenges with managing multiple physicians and multiple medications and increased risk of abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Comprehensive assessments also allow for the referral to appropriate services for health care, financial, legal and other needs while assisting in coordinating, evaluating and making adjustments in an ongoing fashion to assure quality of life.

ONGOING PREVENTATIVE CARE MANAGEMENT:

RN Care Managers can maintain long term relationships with clients to advocate for them at medical appointments and assure correct administration of medications, critical if more than one physician is writing prescriptions.  They assess and equip living environments for safety.  If help is needed with daily activities, from grooming to shopping, they find appropriate services. Social needs, such as transportation, companionship and spirituality, are addressed. Care Consultants do what no single service does. No problem is too small or too large for them to resolve.

WHEN SHOULD I SEEK HELP?

The extent to which a Care Manager can enhance quality of life is directly related to how early intervention is sought.  Left unattended, small problems have an uncanny way of becoming bigger.  If you think that seemingly minor behavioral or physical changes are merely the “normal” aging process, you may want verification through an assessment from a Care Manager.

Earlier intervention is also highly cost-effective, especially when handled by a knowledgeable Care Manaer, and can minimize undue expense.

HOW CAN MATRIX HELP?

Matrix has been providing Comprehensive Assessments for over 20 years. All Matrix AdvoCare Network care management is done by registered nurses who are at the top of their profession. All have expertise in gerontology, as well as special skills in assessment, care planning, and knowledge of community resources.  Each helps only a small number of clients, which fosters a genuinely deep and therapeutic relationship that is wholly dedicated to meeting client needs.  A client’s personal dignity and self-esteem are foremost, especially when decisions and choices are considered.

Posted in Caregiver Support, Geriatric Care Manager, Health Care Advocate, Home Health Care, Nursing Care Management
3 comments on “Preventive Care Planning – The Benefits of Comprehensive Assessment
  1. Cheri Mantle says:

    Very helpful information.

  2. Lois Anderson says:

    I think the greatest advantage to the Comprehensive Assessment, is that it comes
    from a professional outside who isn’t being paid by the nursing home or institution.
    Even families can have biased attitudes and opinions which may not include new
    insights and ideas that the client needs in choosing the best care possible.

  3. Jenny Hayden says:

    This is an excellent way to gain the information needed to look at the bigger picture and life story / needs for each individual and their family . Very holistic approach to help clients and families to have the best quality of life !

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