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Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
October 4, 2012
A new study released by AARP and the United Hospital Fund  reveals thatfamily caregivers are doing much, much more than providing personal care(for example bathing or dressing).

The role of the family caregiver has dramatically expanded and includesmedical and nursing tasks. These tasks are quite complex, once reservedfor hospitals only. For example, family caregivers provide medicationmanagement, including administering intravenous fluids and injections.

The report includes 10 recommendations to better support familycaregivers, including providing family caregivers with thetraining/oversight they need to continue providing quality care.

Read the report here: "Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care."