The fastest growing healthcare sector-home- and community-based services-depends to a large degree on the willingness and abilities of patients’ family members to support them in the home environment. Yet most clinicians and health systems do a poor job of engaging, supporting and empowering family caregivers. In this workshop, two national family caregiving experts will share evidence-based clinical and programmatic interventions, as well as emerging health system- and insurer-based innovations, for harnessing the power of families to decrease patients’ hospital readmissions and lower healthcare costs.
- Describe empirical findings on negative and positive effects of caregiving on family caregivers and key components of family caregiver support programs
- Outline a 7-point family caregiver assessment model for interdisciplinary team use
- List necessary large systems changes in communication, documentation and shared decision-making to engage, support and empower family caregivers to reduce patients’ healthcare costs
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