Adults with disabilities

How to live independently while supporting self-esteem and safeguarding against abuse? This is key to the care of adults with disabilities. Also important is the conservation of assets that need to stretch for the rest of their lives.

After a thorough assessment, our care managers are adept at finding applicable benefit and support programs while putting strategies in place so that disbursements do not jeopardize eligibility.

If you are looking for caring advocates, give us a call at 1-888-246-2110 (toll free).

Benefits Analysis and Advocacy

Does the person you care for receive all the support they are due from local and government benefits programs? Have you applied, but been rejected?

Put our team at P. Harrison Group to work for you. Based on a thorough assessment of the client, we can identify programs with a high likelihood of eligibility and follow through with the agencies to be sure all options have been explored.

From Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Social Security Disability, and SNAP food assistance, to local utility subsidies, transportation programs and educational benefits, you can confidently know that the person you care for is receiving every bit of support they qualify for.

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Special Needs Assessment and Plan

For clients with developmental, mental health or physical disabilities, we focus our attention on the programs that are available to support them to live with dignity and as much independence as can safely be provided. We look at their cognitive abilities and connect them with the local mental health or intellectual or developmental disability professionals. We assess the safety of housing and transportation relative to any physical or mental limitations.

Financially we assess eligibility for Medicare/Medicaid, Waiver programs, Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Social Security, and SNAP for food assistance. We look at options to allow for appropriate supervised housing and personal independence that do not jeopardize government benefits.

The assessment may reveal the need for strategies to protect against personal abuse and financial exploitation.

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Bill management

Are shut off notices being sent to the house? Unexpected credit card purchases showing up on the statement? Paying bills and managing accounts are a significant part of independence. Plus, assets need to be protected. But in many situations—for example cognitive deficits or developmental disabilities—the ability to track expenses with consistency is just too much to handle.

P. Harrison Group can assume the tasks of daily money management, making sure utilities,  insurance, taxes and other necessities are paid when they are due. Protected spending accounts can be arranged so client spending does not jeopardize assets nor eligibility for benefit programs.

We also monitor bank accounts for signs of financial exploitation and can arrange periodic check-ins to look for signs of undue influence.

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Custodian Real Estate, Housing & Relocation

Everyone wants to live in their own home. But sometimes help is needed to make that a safe option. P. Harrison Group can support independence by managing the responsibilities of home ownership. For instance, we make sure the mortgage, taxes, and insurance get paid.

If a move is needed, we can assist with downsizing and relocation.

We can also help to sell the house and have funds transferred in a way that protects assets in the trust and does not jeopardize benefits programs.

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Comprehensive Care Management

Are you worried about medication compliance? Concerned about whether aging in place is a good idea? At P. Harrison Group we understand the care needs of adults who find that daily life demands more than they can manage on their own. From help with medications, to assistance with transportation, managing finances, or coordinating home care assistance, our care managers provide the support needed to assure good quality care and reduce preventable problems.

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Wellness checks

Maybe the person you care for needs periodic phone calls to be sure all is well. For others, an in-person visit is more important.

The care managers at P. Harrison Group are trained to ask questions and survey the situation to look for changes in physical or mental health, signs of personal abuse or financial exploitation, hazards in the household, medication misuse and myriad other points of potential concern.

If there are paid caregivers, our staff can monitor their performance to verify that the appropriate care is being given and matches the care billed for.

You receive regular updates about client wellness, and of course immediate communication if a problem is identified.

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Medical Advocacy

The health care system in our country is confusing. Some would even say broken. To get needed care, one truly needs a personal guide and advocate who can assure that the client’s needs are being addressed thoroughly and in a manner consistent with their individual goals of care.

Whether it’s accompanying the client to doctor visits, encouraging the client to seek needed care, or making sure they follow through with recommended therapies,  P. Harrison Group is there beside them through the entire process. We coordinate care between providers and keep you abreast of health changes as they arise.

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Hospital (or Rehab) to Home

A discharge is usually good news. Health is returning! But it also brings up questions of much needed support to be sure a still-fragile patient has what they need to recover quickly and completely at home.

P. Harrison Group staff can assist with translating discharge instructions into daily routines for medicine and exercise. Our care managers can coordinate services from many important providers such as home care, physical therapists, speech therapists, wound-care specialists.

We also arrange follow-up visits with the client’s primary care providers and medical specialists. We don’t want our clients joining the 20% of patients who get readmitted due to inadequate support at home.

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End-of-life Planning

From advance directives to burial plans, P. Harrison Group staff are trained to address the many decisions that must be made ahead of time so our clients have the care they want and are supported through a gentle death.

For those who lack an advance directive, we refer to local estate planning attorneys to be sure this important paperwork is in order.

As health challenges arise, we counsel our clients about the different options available and when they are most relevant. We can describe the difference between palliative care and hospice and generate a referral for the program that seems most in line with client values.

We can also help arrange for pre-need burial plans so the clients wishes are addressed and in place when the time arrives.

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