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Navigating Structured Family Care: 5 Ways to Support Family Caregivers

Published on March 5, 2024 by Sharon Morrisette

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Caring for a loved one can be both a deeply rewarding and immensely challenging experience.

Family caregivers, often unsung heroes in our communities, dedicate their time, energy, and resources to support their family members in times of need. However, caregiving responsibilities can sometimes become overwhelming, leaving caregivers feeling isolated and under financial strain.

In such circumstances, financial support programs can make a significant difference.

One example is Structured Family Care (SFC) programs that provide caregivers with essential financial reimbursement via programs like PACE, VA, and Medicaid, while offering much-needed structure and guidance to caregivers.

In this post, we’ll examine the significance of Structured Family Care and explore how software solutions like Aaniie (formerly Smartcare) play a pivotal role in enhancing the caregiving experience for both caregivers and their loved ones.

What is Structured Family Care (SFC)?

Structured Family Care programs, often administered through government or non-profit organizations, aim to compensate family caregivers so that their financial stability is not compromised by giving up their time to care for loved ones. 

These programs seek to ease their financial burdens by offering reimbursement, stability, and recognition for their invaluable role in the care ecosystem.

Moreover, through SFCs, caregivers can access valuable support systems that empower them to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities effectively.

The goal of these programs is to keep loved ones out of nursing homes and allow for family caregivers to provide the care that their family members need.

However, managing certifications, tracking client satisfaction, and ensuring compliance with the necessary time-tracking and documentation requirements are often complex and time-consuming.

This is where intuitive software solutions come into their own.

The role of Aaniie in Structured Family Care

​​Aaniie, formerly known as Smartcare Software, can help family caregivers looking to participate in SFC programs. It also supports home care agencies working with family caregivers, organizations, and professionals in PACE, VA, and Medicaid.

Our software streamlines administrative processes and helps to enhance caregiver support in 5 key ways:

1) Flexible ADL management

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Aaniie is pivotal in supporting family caregivers by facilitating flexible care plans and monitoring Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), such as personal hygiene, toilet needs, dressing, feeding, medication management and transferring to appointments. Through our platform, caregivers can create personalized care schedules tailored to their loved one’s specific needs.

Additionally, Aaniie’s mobile point-of-care app ensures that caregivers can easily monitor and record daily activities, providing valuable insights into the care recipient’s well-being and progress.

This empowers caregivers to deliver high-quality care while staying organized and informed throughout the caregiving journey. 

2) Stay on top of documentation and compliance requirements

Thanks to our robust system, meticulous record-keeping — vital for adhering to program regulations — is assured.

By centralizing data on care activities, certifications, and compliance requirements, Aaniie streamlines administrative tasks, meaning you can confidently navigate Structured Family Care, knowing that all necessary documentation is accurate and up-to-date.

3) Time tracking and live-in care

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In Structured Family Care programs, time tracking is crucial for accurate reimbursement. 

Aaniie offers automatic clock-in/clock-out features, simplifying the process for family caregivers. This functionality ensures that caregivers are accurately tracking the time they dedicate to their loved ones.

Additionally, Aaniie accommodates live-in care exemptions, recognizing the unique nature of around-the-clock caregiving.

By providing tools to track time effectively and address live-in care specifics, Aaniie supports caregivers in managing their responsibilities while ensuring compliance with program requirements.

4) Certification management

By offering a centralized platform for tracking certifications, Aaniie gives caregivers easy access to update their credentials. Aaniie’s system sends timely reminders for certification renewals, reducing the risk of lapses in compliance.

Aaniie can also help maintain detailed training records necessary for regulatory compliance, enabling them to participate fully in Structured Family Care programs.

5) Satisfaction tracking

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By empowering families with intuitive tools to monitor caregiver and client satisfaction levels in real-time, Aaniie facilitates a proactive approach to address any concerns that may arise promptly. Through surveying and reporting features, caregivers can document feedback swiftly, identify areas for improvement, and implement targeted interventions to enhance the overall care experience.

Empower your family caregiving journey with Aaniie

Aaniie provides a comprehensive solution for those operating in the Structured Family Care space.

Aaniie offers specific features tailored to assist caregivers with daily tasks essential for maintaining the well-being of their family members. From scheduling appointments and coordinating transportation to facilitating meal planning and managing personal hygiene, these tools simplify caregiver responsibilities and enhance efficiency.

By alleviating the burden of routine admin tasks, caregivers can devote more time and attention to providing meaningful support and companionship, fostering a nurturing and compassionate care environment.

Reach out to us today or book a demo to find out how we can simplify your involvement in SFC programs, offering you peace of mind and support every step of the way.