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Informal Supports & Caregiving

In facilitating the return of older adults into the community, it is important to assess their informal supports.  Often there are one or more family members that may be providing assistance and support. If these individuals have been providing care in the past it is important to assess whether these individual s are willing and able to continue in the role.  Points to consider include the geographical proximity of the informal caregiver and the older adult, health status of the informal caregiver, and the caregiver’s desire to continue in the role.  Assessing for caregiver burnout will provide information about whether the caregiver can continue in the role or if they may need help in making difficult decisions about the older adult’s care.   If the older adult’s condition has changed suddenly and this will be relatively new role for the family, helping them fully understand the older adults’ needs will help them decide how much help (if any) they will need in the role. The goal is to have the best care for the older adult and what is best for the family as they try to manage their care. 

Caregiver Burnout

Evidence Based Interventions in Caregiving

Elder Maltreatment

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