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Collaborating with

Family Caregivers

ANN O’SULLIVAN, OTR/L, LSW, FAOTA


Family Caregivers

 Who they are


 What they do
 What it would cost
Caregiver Wellbeing

 Subjective wellbeing and health


 Self-care
 Preventive care
 Depression
 Stress
Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

 What are they?


 Who are perpetrators? family members

 What are causes? power and control

 What is our responsibility?


underlying relationship between those 2 people
what are the responsibilities? financial issues?
other environmental issues? mental health issues?
family caregiver training?
So What?

 Sustainable rehabilitation outcomes


 Quality care
 Transitions of care
 Complex care
Caregiver Needs

 Realisticexpectations
 Collaboration
 Recognition
 Planning
 Training
 Customize
 Reduce risks
 Teach ongoing strategies
Resources

 Agencies on Aging
 Alzheimer’s Association
 Legal Services
 Adult Protective Services
 www.eldercare.gov
Collaboration

 Reduce excess disability


 Reduce burden
 Promote safety, health, wellbeing