While advances in modern medicine have led to increase in quality of life for many seniors, they have also brought about new challenges. AARP estimates that 43.5 million adults provide care at home for a chronically, ill, disabled or elderly relative. Much of this care requires an understanding of complex medical tasks which caregivers are oftentimes unprepared for such as managing medications and administering IV fluids and injections. A new emphasis is now being placed on training family caregivers in skills previously taught only to professionals in hospitals and nursing homes.
As discussed in a Wall Street Journal article titled “Smarter Ways to Teach Family Members Medical Skills”, medical providers are attempting to provide family caregivers with access to the knowledge and training that they need to care for loved ones. However, while hospitals do provide family caregivers with care instructions at discharge, caregivers oftentimes do not realize how unprepared they are until trying to perform the task without assistance. Fortunately, free caregiving resources and video tutorials are being developed courtesy of Home Alone Alliance and the Family Caregiver Alliance.