WEEK I DISCUSSION
To preparefor my duties and collaboration with the responsible partiesregarding care coordination and case management for the OccupationalTherapy (OT) client, I will organize in-house and joint home visits.This will help find out any concern the clients might have abouttheir ongoing care and ensure them that I will offer them the bestcare. According to Willardand Schell (2014),such visits demonstrate good collaboration between clients andtherapist. In addition, I will ensure continuous communication withthe clients. Working in a team will definitely involve joint meetingwith other therapists, nurses, physicians, as well as interactbetween these parties.
I thinkcommunication between clients and health care providers will be themain challenge of care coordination and case management. To deal withthis challenge, I will be willing to learn especially from myseniors. Besides, I will be working in a team, which will stimulatemy working environment and offer a platform to provide effectiveresources. Also, I will take my time to communicate with clients,understand their issues, address any question they might have, andconsult my team in cases there are more challenges. Rich,Lipson, Libersky, and Parchman, (2012) arguethat patient engagement is essential in improving their satisfaction.
To utilizemanagement structures and supervision, I plan to follow thedirections of my supervisor to provide appropriate, competent, andethical services to the client. I will also give regular feedback tothe supervisor on my progress towards helping the client. Lastly, Iwill consult my supervisor on important issues.
The maindifference between skilled nursing and an assisted living facility isthe level of care and freedom that a client receives. A skillednursing facility is a place of residence that offers hospital-likeservices. Residents require constant nursing care and medicalsupervision. They cannot live alone or independently because they areeither mentally or physically powerless hence, they need assistancewith their daily living activities. They are more like patients inthe hospital (Willardet. al., 2014).On the other hand, an assisted living facility offers nursinghome-like services. They provide support services in fundamentalactivities such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and going to thetoilet. Unlike nursing home residents, assisted living residents canwalk freely, cook their meals, and have social interactions withother residents.
To prepare towork in a skilled nursing facility, I will work in closecollaboration with the resident’s caregivers and attend to theiremotional needs. This will enhance their capability to support theirloved ones, as well as minimize their negative experiences. Inaddition, I will focus on the client’s need, preferences, andgoals. I will also improve communication among family caregivers.
Rich, E.,Lipson, D., Libersky, J., & Parchman, M. (2012). Coordinatingcare for adults with complex care needs in the patient-centeredmedical home: Challenges and solutions. Rockville,MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Willard, H.S., & Schell, B. A. B. (2014). Willard& Spackman`s occupational therapy.Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams &Wilkins.