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As hospital stays shorten and services in the community shrink, the role of the family caregiver has taken on more importance. The proposed CMS CoPs for discharge planning are adding additional expectations for the case manager and social worker as it relates to family caregivers. Case managers and social workers will be required to assess the capability and availability of the family caregiver as part of the discharge planning evaluation process.The challenge for overburdened case managers and social workers is to create a hard-wired and streamlined process for evaluating the role of the family caregiver where applicable.
This lecture will focus on techniques for assessing the family caregiver as well as strategies to support caregivers in their role. The evaluation process and how to incorporate it into the assessment for discharge planning will be covered, and you will receive tools for effective and efficient assessments processes. Also included will be a review of the elements to be included for educating and preparing family caregivers for their roles after discharge.
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|- Discharge planning as a process||- Social work triggers||- Home care triggers|
|- Categories in evaluation||- Handling transitions||- When caregiving starts|
|- Identifying family caregivers||- Discharge instructions||- Influences in transitions|
|- Patient caregiver capability assessment||- What caregivers need||- Educating caregivers|
|- Family caregiver availability||- Discharge instructions||- Medication management|
|- When caregiving ends||- Advance directives||And so much more!|