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
You may have seen some coverage of the report released this past fall on the growing importance of caregivers in providing help that would require a registered nurse if the patient were in a hospital. "Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care" was jointly researched and written by AARP and the United Hospital Fund. Managing prescription and non-prescription medications took up the biggest chunk of these surrogate nurses' time. But more than a third of those providing what otherwise would qualify as professional care also managed wound treatment - and two-thirds of those were fearful of making a mistake.
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