Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Hospital Discharge Planners' Guide Focuses on Family Caregivers' Concerns. (Recent Releases)

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Hospital Discharge Planners' Guide Focuses on Family Caregivers' Concerns. (Recent Releases)

Article excerpt

A new guide from the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the United Hospital Fund is now available for hospital discharge planners, providing important insights into family caregivers' concerns about the increasingly difficult transition of their relatives from hospital to home.

The 16-page booklet, Hospital Discharge Planning: Helping Family Caregivers Through the Process, distills the best practices of discharge planning professionals and provides strategies that benefit both staff and family caregivers as they deal with a hospitalized population that is older and sicker than ever before.

Made possible by a grant from MetLife Foundation and authored by two nationally renowned caregiving experts, Carole Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund, and Gail Gibson Hunt, executive director of the National Alliance for Caregiving, the guide is an important resource for health care professionals who routinely plan hospital discharges.

According to the authors, the difficulties of discharge planning have been compounded over the past several years by a number of factors: Hospital stays have grown shorter, while patients have grown older and sicker; constraints imposed by insurers have limited the flexibility on where patients can be sent after discharge, as well as what private insurance or Medicare will pay for; and caseloads for individual planners have grown. …

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