Family caregivers take on the lion’s share of long-term care in the US — from managing medication to coordinating care — for their own family members. When patients and families aren’t supported with training, the day-to-day tasks can become an overwhelming burden.
Patient Safety in the Home: Assessment of Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities, a recent IHI/NPSF report, explores the challenges of patient safety in the home. Extensive research identified several programs providing assistance to those assuming the challenging role of caregiver. Read more about these programs on the IHI blog, http://www.ihi.org/communities/blogs/how-to-help-family-caregivers-provide-safer-care