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Family caregivers are an integral part of the care planning process and care experience for older adults. Over half of family caregivers assist with at least one activity of daily living, and are increasingly being tasked with managing difficult medical procedures and equipment, overseeing medications, monitoring side effects, and navigating complex health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems. Often, they are providing these services without training, needed information, or support.
Family caregivers can experience detrimental effects associated with the role, including exhaustion, isolation and financial hardship. To counteract these impacts, effective family caregiver interventions are delivered over longer periods of time, are multidimensional, and tailored to the needs of caregivers and care recipients. This webinar provides concrete recommendations for health plans and providers on how to best identify, assess, support, and engage family caregivers while respecting diverse cultural views.
By the end of this webinar, viewers should be able to:
- Identify effective approaches for including family caregivers in the care planning process
- Define key strategies for assessing caregiver needs for support, education and skill training
- Identify basic knowledge of how to provide assistance for common care challenges and provide guidance around the varying roles of caregivers, such as care coordinator, direct care provider, and long-distance support.
- Anita Bagri Major, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine-Geriatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
- Allison Dobecka, NP, Baylor College of Medicine, Section of Geriatrics
- Tziona Regev , LCSW, Geriatric Social Worker, Quentin Mease Geriatric Clinic, Harris Health
- Hattie Coleman, Family Caregiver
This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders – physicians, nurses, social workers, care managers, family caregivers, staff at social service agencies, Medicare-Medicaid plans, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs), managed long-term services and supports programs, and consumer organizations.