Health Care Team Members Include The Caregiver

Discover the importance of family caregivers in the healthcare system and learn how to support them in providing the best possible care for their loved ones with chronic health conditions. A person-centered approach to care can help bridge the gap between medical professionals and patients.

Health Care Team Members Include The Caregiver
Family caregiver is part of the health care team

Health Care Team Members include the primary caregiver and patient.

I recently read this article by JESSIE GRUMAN, PHD. It introduces how the medical delivery system … will soon be delivered with a “team” approach.

I was excited to learn there will be “primary care teams” that will: Coordinate care

Give more time to helping the patient and the family learn about how to take better care of themselves.

The article went on to say… the goal of these primary care teams would allow greater access and availability.. to the team… to answer questions and address minor issues. Dr. Gruman PHD, made some interesting observations … that I thought were noteworthy to share with you.

Here is a link to the article

As a nurse and a caregiver, I am promoting a team approach to care. This site www.caregiverrelief.com is based on a person centered approach to care. This approach forces the medical professionals to see a person as an individual. And not, a diagnosis. It is so important that a family be able to sit with the care team. Discuss long and short-term goals.

I recently read this article by JESSIE GRUMAN, PHD. It introduces how the medical delivery system … will soon be delivered with a “team” approach.  Family caregivers are an important part of this health care team. A primary care team typically includes family members, like family caregivers, to provide a well-rounded approach that can help ensure the best care for those with chronic health conditions.

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The article offers several tips on how family caregivers can become active participants in their loved one's healthcare. It recommends family caregivers become familiar with the care plan, ask questions and participate in visits, connect with other family members to share information and keep records.

Family caregivers are an integral part of the health care team and can provide valuable insights that can help improve patient outcomes. By educating family caregivers on their role in the health care system, we can ensure the best possible care for those with chronic health conditions.

By understanding family caregivers’ role in the health care system, primary care teams can work together to provide a better experience at every stage of the medical journey. With family caregivers on board, primary care teams can offer more comprehensive and personalized care plans that promote positive outcomes for patients and families.

We all have a responsibility to make sure family caregivers have the resources they need to be effective members of the health care team. Through education, support, and collaboration, family caregivers can help ensure their loved one receives the best possible care.  Together, we can create a more comprehensive healthcare system that is tailored to meet the needs of family caregivers, patients, and providers.

I encourage family caregivers to create a person centered profile  for their loved one. This helps family caregivers and care teams understand the individual’s health, behavior and communication preferences. With this understanding, family caregivers can make sure their loved ones receive the best possible care.

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I hope this article has helped you see family caregivers as a vital part of your healthcare team. By working together, family members and medical professionals can create care plans that ensure the best outcomes for those with chronic health conditions.  Let's continue to support family caregivers so they can provide the best possible care for their loved ones!

Here is a person centered profile to develop for your family member.

As a nurse with over 40 years experience, I have observed there is a big disconnect… between the medical professionals and the patients. Especially, in the area of dementia. Families living with a person with dementia become the experts. They know their family members capabilities, personality and past history.

With support of the medical professionals… the family of a person with dementia … can help them remain independent and in control of their life. For, as long as possible.

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I would like to see a time when a person is diagnosed with dementia… and the medical team sets up regularly scheduled meetings… to discuss:

Long and short term goals

End of life issues

The type of dementia

And how it may affect behaviors and personality.

This ongoing interaction would not only be beneficial to the family… but to the medical professionals as well. So many medical professionals have the knowledge and understanding for a clinical perspective.

Many are unable to apply their knowledge to a practical setting such as the patients home. I have seen it over and over again. A family is is dealing with someone with no short-term memory … and discusses this with a medical professional.

Many of these patients can no longer be left alone for safety reasons. The family caregiver needs someone there to help them. Someone to stay.. with the patient, with dementia. Even if they just need to take a shower or do a load of laundry in another room. There is a consistent disconnect from the medical professionals to the needs of the family… to help them keep their family member at home as long as possible.

I also see this disconnect when a dementia patient is admitted to an alternative setting… such as Assisted Living.

A new setting is difficult for anyone, it can be overwhelming for a person with dementia. The medical professionals may recommend Assisted Livingor a Nursing Home.

Rarely do they provide the most important information… to make that transition easier for everyone.

Taking a team approach… and developing a person centered profile can help make any transition easier.

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In my book, Diagnosis of Dementia, What Do I Do Now? I take a step by step approach through the process of important issues … that need to be addressed… when a person is in the early stages of dementia.

In Dr. Gruman’s article, there are many questions that need to be answered… in regards to how this type of system would work.

My thoughts are that the family should insist on regularly scheduled meetings… to discuss the issues at hand. Developing a person centered profile… being prepared with a  list of questions for the meetings… and allowing the person with dementia to have as much involvement… for as long as possible … will allow the team to see how the dementia patient may respond to things based on their personality.

This will allow the “team” to make educated decisions… based on the goals of the patient and family… the patients natural disposition… and also take into consideration managing other medical conditions a person may have.

Families of a person with dementia should embrace this “team” approach to care. Things are slow to change in the medical delivery system. If you are a family member or a person with dementia that wants to be involved with your care… until your dying breathe, it can be done. It takes a team approach… that includes the family caregiver… that will advocate for the the person with dementia. We have all the tools here to help you accomplish that goal. We are here to support you as you take this journey to have your family member seen as a person, and not just a diagnosis.

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