We are researching a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary care delivery approach to meet the needs of both caregivers and the recipients of care, ensuring the foundations of Successful Aging are more fully realized.
Caregivers represent a large community of family members, nonfamily members, professional and nonprofessional providers that provide community-based services to aging adults such as medical, activities of daily living and other basic requirements.
According to a recent National Alliance for Caregiving Research Report1, 57 percent of caregivers perform medical or nursing duties, including difficult tasks such as feeding tube, wound dressing and dose titration and injection management. Despite the complexity of providing this type of care, there is little coordination between caregivers and the formal healthcare infrastructure.
With many caregivers facing the challenges of their own aging, it is imperative to identify and advance more comprehensive, cross-disciplinary caregiver solutions—innovative solutions that address the needs of both caregivers and the recipients of care.
What We're Doing
The Institute is researching opportunities to integrate and align the efforts of caregivers, healthcare providers and systems to reduce the burden on caregivers, help ensure coordination of caregiver efforts and enable access to more continuous, community-based care better aligned with emerging patient needs and corresponding value-based incentives. In one collaboration with Mount Sinai Health System, the Institute is developing an eLearning training program that will provide granular knowledge, skills, and just-in-time support to family caregivers on a variety of topics including medication management, wound care, and monitoring medical equipment.