Posted by: Bert Copple | March 27, 2011

Options for Older Adult Care Seriously Limited

There are 50 million family members providing care to older adults in the United States, according to the MedLife Foundation and national caregiver associations. Families who have had an older loved one hospitalized and then discharged face many choices about where they will go, and how that loved one will receive care. A University of Missouri nursing expert believes that this process is going to intensify as there are increasing demands for health care, as well as workforce shortages.

“Coordination among families, patients and health care providers is essential to providing effective care for the aging population in the next few years,” said Lori Popejoy, assistant professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “Stress, fear and lack of understanding often complicate the decision-making process for families and patients. Open communication is needed to support end-of-life care and decision making.”

Hospital visits and the discharge process can often be tiresome and complicated; there are family members trying to communicate with each other, as well as health care team members, including physicians, nurses and hospital staff, about treatment and decisions with limited resources. Popejoy identified the common concerns about the whole process: going home, advocating for independence, making decisions and changing plans.

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SOURCE: MedicalNewsToday.com

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