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July 20, 2015

Providing Caregiver Education

Caregiving is a tough job for any amateur, especially for most of the loved ones who aren't trained well or at all. And that description would undoubtedly define about 95% of the people who, at some point, take on the role of primary or secondary caregivers to a loved one. AARP in Hawaii wants hospitals here to train identified caregivers when loved ones are discharged, as is already done in some form in 13 states. Hospitals are concerned about liability issues, timing of the information and suggested training, and the ability to adequately address the myriad issues in caregiving at one stressful moment in time.

Both AARP and the hospitals are right- this vital information needs to be shared with the right people at the right time, but there needs to be a concerted effort and resources made readily available to help ensure that those in need are appropriately cared for by those in charge- usually a family member or members already going through the stress and trauma of dealing with something in which they have zero training.

Palliative and hospice care is something most people don't think about until the responsibility lands in their lap, which is often too late for focused and proper training. Wonderful professionals in Hawaii work with families as needed, but the state and private entities needs to work better together to help provide resources and early intervention opportunities for families to learn and prepare for the oft times difficult journey ahead, especially with our aging population and lack of affordable care facilities. Think about it…

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