In AARP’s report, Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, experts recommend leaders in nursing, medicine, social work, allied health professional training and continuing education examine their curricula to determine where and how the importance of acknowledging, supporting and training family caregivers can be added or strengthened. In 2016, AARP launched the Home Alone Alliance in collaboration with the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, United Hospital Fund and the Family Caregiver Alliance. The alliance brings together partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create solutions that support family caregivers.
The Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing furthers those recommendations. Since researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis teamed with policy leaders at AARP in 2015, the library of resources for family caregivers includes more than 20 videos on four topics, available in two languages.
“Right now in this country, families provide the bulk of the care to our aging population in the home and those family members need help,” said the institute’s founding director, Terri Harvath. “Nurses are well poised to provide some of the resources and teaching that can better prepare family caregivers to take on this role.”
Topics covered to date include medication management, mobility challenges, wound care and incontinence, which was filmed in October 2018 in Betty Irene Moore Hall. Additional videos are slated for future release.