Nurses have always been on the front lines, have always sacrificed to heal and to make others feel better. This year especially, it is a distinctive honor to be part of, and fighting for, the profession whose members are more than ever sacrificing so much during the pandemic of COVID-19.
The value of unpaid family care is huge. Although policy change is underway, more robust action is needed to support caregiving families.
Today 20 million family caregivers regularly perform complex medical and nursing tasks for family members or friends, often with little to no instruction. A new series of "how-to" videos can help
Now in its second year, AARP’s Healthy Living initiative has launched programs to equip people ages 50+ with information and tools they can use to help them manage changes that come with age
It has been 12 years since the Center to Champion Nursing in America began its mission to see that people—all people—have access to a nurse when and where they need it
Home Alone Revisited Study Offers Closer Look at Special Issues that 20 million Family Caregivers Face
When AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) conducted its Home Alone study in 2012, the outcome was the first national look at the evolving experience of family caregivers—who are being asked to perform more complex medical/nursing tasks than ever before, who experience a high degree of stress in their role, and who historically have not even been considered part of the health care team. Complex tasks run the gamut from administering many medications, including injections, to changing dressings and handling medical equipment. This is essentially “skilled nursing care”—the skills I chose to learn to do as a nursing student. It is also what I taught family members, neighbors and friends when I was a visiting nurse. This 2012 study was an exploration of how many caregivers are performing these tasks, how they learn to do them and how they are reacting to these responsibilities. We learned much.
Policy Plus Action is a new, monthly newsletter from the AARP Public Policy Institute that highlights events, news, and features on issues that matter to older adults
Family Caregiver Supports in Medicare Advantage Plans: New Opportunities for Person- and Family-Centered Care
As Medicare Advantage plans consider their benefit packages for next year, here are four family caregiver-related recommendations for Medicare Advantage plans
The Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard can spark policy change, while providing tools and resources so that states and other stakeholders can deliver a higher level of performance
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