If you have a background in nursing, social work, gerontology, psychology, or other human services field and are looking for a change, it’s a good time to explore care management in Mississippi. In line with national trends, Mississippi’s population has gotten older as the Baby Boomers age, with 15.5% of Mississippi’s residents age 65 and older. In addition, Mississippi has a higher percentage of people age 75 and older in comparison to national statistics.[1] Not only are care management services in high demand, but care managers can often set their own schedules and carry a caseload that allows for a healthy work-life balance.

Career burn-out is common for healthcare professionals in hospitals and other facilities, often because of long hours and busy, high-stress environments. Nurses who have made the switch to care management often report a high level of job satisfaction, in that they are less stressed, less rushed with their clients, and can focus their attention on providing high-quality care. Moreover the work is emotionally rewarding and has tangible results. For example, a care manager may help a senior and his/her family locate home care resources and/or benefits and entitlement programs so that the senior can live as independently as possible. If it’s time for the senior to transition to assisted living or a nursing facility, the care manager can offer guidance, support, and monitoring.

A care manager first conducts a comprehensive assessment of the person’s physical and mental health, medical needs, social and environmental factors, and then develops recommendations for a highly individualized plan of care. In addition, the care manager can monitor services, provide education and advocacy, coach family caregivers, and facilitate communication between medical providers, the client, and his/her family.

Care managers make referrals to other resources and professionals when appropriate, such as elder law attorneys and estate planners. It’s a holistic, client-centered approach that puts the needs and wishes of the client and family first.

Care managers often work in diverse settings, have a high degree of independence, and make a real difference in their clients’ lives. Sound good? Want to learn more? If interested please contact Brittany Fortmayer, HR Recruiter, by phone at 228-467-5900, or via e-mail at info@www.givingtreeseniorcareoptions.com. You can review our careers page on our web site at http://www.givingtreeseniorcareoptions.com/careers/

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[1] https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/research_sites/agingandwork/pdf/publications/states/Mississippi.pdf