Supporting Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care
Nearly half of the 18 million family caregivers in the U.S. who assist older adults perform complex medical/nursing tasks with very little training or support, as revealed in the 2012 AARP/United Hospital Fund Home Alone study, funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation. This project with the AARP-led Home Alone Alliance will help health systems better serve these family caregivers by completing a national scan and sharing best practices in implementing the CARE Act, a law passed in 39 states that requires hospitals to identify and educate patients’ family caregivers before discharge. Home Alone Alliance members will create educational materials and conduct training for nurses and other health professionals to better work with family caregivers. The Home Alone study will also be updated, with a focus on diverse populations.
Susan C. Reinhard firstname.lastname@example.org