A new study finds that 46 percent of family caregivers perform some sort of medical or nursing task for their loved one. Of these caregivers, most report receiving little information about the task, while 47 percent report no training from any source.
The report, based on a survey of 1,677 caregivers, found that family caregivers frequently performed medical tasks. Of those who performed medical and nursing tasks, more than one third provided wound care and 78 percent provided some form of medication management. Most care recipients took several medications. 46 percent took between 5 and 9 different medications and 18 percent took 10 or more prescription medications. Many caregivers found medication management challenging. Most found it challenging for one of the following four reasons:
Despite the prevalence of medication management by caregivers, 60 percent reported learning some part of medication management on their own, while 47 percent reported receiving no instruction from any source. Although training was more common for caregivers providing wound care, most respondents found training inadequate and 66 percent feared making a mistake. “These tasks merit a closer look because they can require specialized training, and they have been linked to preventable health care spending, such (as) the costs of inpatient admissions due to medication errors and infections,” read the report. “Performing these tasks incorrectly can have adverse impacts on the care recipient’s health status and quality of life.”
More than half of family caregivers performing medical and nursing tasks reported feeling like they did not have a choice in whether or not to care for their loved one. When asked to elaborate, 43 percent cited feelings of personal responsibility as their main reason for caring for their loved one. Many feared their loved one would be institutionalized if they did not provide care.
Read the full study: Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Medication Management, Medication Technology & Informatics, News, Science and Technology
Medical device companies will pay about $1 billion in fees to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2018 to 2022 to give the agency resources to...
Community Awareness and Education, Core Principles, Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Family Relations, News, Policy in the States, Reports, Research, Resident and Family Services
Counties throughout the United States have developed effective community-based efforts to prevent, identify and respond to financial exploitation of o...
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, Facts and Figures, Health Care, Medication Management, Medication Technology & Informatics, News, Reports, Research
Overall prescription drug spending in the United States rose by 17 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to new data released by the Centers for Medica...
All States, Community Awareness and Education, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, News, Reports, Research, Resident and Family Services
The proportion of the population age 65 and over greatly varies by state, with Florida home to the highest percentage of people in that age bracket, a...
Community Awareness and Education, Consumer Intelligence, Core Principles, Facts and Figures, News, Organization Development, Reports, Research, Senior Living Options
CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has launched the third wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), a biennial nationa...
Community Awareness and Education, Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, News, Research
A study by the Center for Retirement Research has shown a decline in replacement rates for married couples.
Assisted Living, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Core Principles, Facts and Figures, News, Reports, Research, Senior Living Options
Researchers from the University of North Carolina's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and School of Social Work, with funding from Th...
Advocacy, Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, News, Public Policy, Regulations
The Social Security Administration may have to reduce services and furlough employees if appropriations bills from the House and Senate are successful...
Facts and Figures, Medicare, Medication Management
Medicare announced the average basic premium for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2017 is expected to remain “relatively stable” at an esti...
Advocacy, Facts and Figures, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, News, Reports
Virginia lawmakers are asking the Office of Personnel Management just why premiums in the federal long-term care insurance program are expected to zoo...