November is National Family Caregivers Month. A month dedicated to honoring family caregivers and the remarkable work they do, every day. But this year is undoubtedly different. COVID-19 has forced so much change in such a short time. We have long understood what the members of this "Invisible Army" go through, but in 2020 it became clear just how valuable caregivers are to their loved ones and to healthcare.
Throughout the month of November, you'll find information on the importance of engaging and supporting family caregivers during this difficult time. Check this space often to see updates throughout as we collectively recognize the family caregiver for all that they do.
2020 is the year everything changed.
It has been a year when we witnessed the disintegration of normalcy as COVID-19 upended every facet of our lives, all while our country struggles with divisiveness and polarization at this crucial moment in history.
For all of its calamities thus far, 2020 has given us one silver lining. We have once again found joy in the small things in our lives, most of which occur when families spend time together.
There are about 53 million family and friends providing care and assistance to loved ones in the United States. Although family caregivers provide a significant portion of health and support services to individuals with serious illnesses, they are often overlooked by U.S. health care systems. Fundamental changes are needed in the way we identify, assess, and support family caregivers. Recent changes in the U.S. health care system and payment models have increased the opportunities to integrate family caregivers into care teams.
Rand Health, in partnership with Seniorlink, recently published a new report, A Framework for Integrating Family Caregivers Into the Health Care Team, which describes several barriers and facilitators to integrating family caregivers into the health care team and provides a blueprint for next steps to implementing policy solutions.
Read the full Rand Health report here.
We will be providing commentary on this report through a series of blog posts throughout the month.
Seniorlink is a proud sponsor of the feature film, Sky Blossom, which depicts the challenges and triumphs of multiple families caring for loved ones who have suffered serious injuries during their service in the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more about Sky Blossom.
Clinical Content: Carepaths to Navigate a Pandemic
In response to the threat of Covid-19, Seniorlink’s clinical care teams have created a series of pandemic-focused carepaths. This content, part of our expansive protocol library, is typically available to our Seniorlink clinicians. Managing a pandemic is uncharted territory for all of us in the healthcare community, so we are sharing related content with you and your colleagues such as:
We are all in this together. The healthcare industry is creating, publishing and sharing valuable content daily – it’s difficult to keep up. We have included helpful content from fellow industry thought leaders and hope you find it helpful as well. A recently published infographic on social isolation published by the Gerontological Society of Aging, an emergency preparedness guide recently released by the Alzheimer’s Associations for Alzheimer's and dementia management and a tips guide for "sandwich" generation caregivers from National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC).
For families caring for their loved ones at home, as many of our families do, please find some helpful resources that can be passed along to them.