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[Infographic] The Whole Picture: Caregivers Provide an Extra Level of Care

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Are doctor visits enough to keep elderly loved ones happy, healthy and well?

According to the Administration on Aging, 23% of people aged 75+ had 10 or more visits to a doctor or other health care professional in the past year. Many say that they are happy with their care, but studies are showing that seniors may not be getting the complete continuum of care they need.

When you take a look at the whole picture, in addition to their physician, you may want to consider an in-home caregiver to fill in the gaps in your loved one’s care plan.

View the original infographic at the Home Helpers blog, here: http://bit.ly/1BVtLao

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[Infographic] The Whole Picture: Caregivers Provide an Extra Level of Care

  1. 1. Satisfaction With Doctor 1,028 adults aged 65 said: ...satisfaction is high but, When asked... How often do you leave the doctor’s office and realize you did not get all of your questions answered? After a hospital visit... Would your doctor reach out to you to find out what you might need and to schedule any follow-up visits that might be required? In your day to day life... Does the practice or clinic where you get primary care contact you with reminders about immunizations and preventive care? have had all of these discussions. 7% 52% 76% have only had one of these discussions. have had fewer than half of these discussions. Occassionally 20% Always 7% 47%Rarely 26%Never Completely Satisfied, Medications Mood If Falls Occured Activities of Daily Living If Assistance Is Needed Community Support Avoiding Falls Somewhat Satisfied, Not Very Satisfied, 67% 37% 30% 28% 23% 22% 19% One out of three aged 65 or older falls each year Less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it 69% 3% 27% Yes 46% 2% 52% No Refused It becomes clear that... In 2012, almost 1 in 5 hospital patients were readmitted (Inpatient hospital stays that started within 30 days of discharge from an initial admission were classified as readmissions) 42% No Yes 58% of people over age 65 indicate they want to stay in their home as long as possible The Whole Picture: Caregivers Provide an Extra Level of Care As your loved one ages, visits to the doctor increase. But are doctor visits enough to keep your loved one happy, healthy and well? Many seniors say they are happy with the medical care they receive, but studies show that there may be pieces missing from their care plan. When you look at the whole picture, visiting the doctor might not be enough. An in-home caregiver can provide the extra level of care that the aging loved one in your life may need. How Does It Feel? The Older American Health Care Experience. A survey of 1,028 adults aged 65 and over conducted by the John A. Hartford Foundation in March of 2012. Seniors were asked questions relating to their experiences with their primary healthcare provider. www.jhartfound.org/learning-center/hartford-poll-2012/ Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html On Your Team: What Older Adults Think About Team Care And Medical Home Services. A survey of 1,107 adults aged 65 and over conducted by the John A. Hartford Foundation in January of 2014. www.jhartfound.org/learning-center/public-poll-on-your-team- how-older-adults-view-team-care-and-the-medical-home Medicare & Medicaid Research Review—2013: Volume 3, Number 2 Descriptive analysis of 30-day, all-cause hospital readmission rate patterns from 2007–2012 published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Information Products & Data Analytics. www.cms.gov/mmrr/Downloads/MMRR2013_003_02_b01.pdf Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices A Research Report by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the AARP Public Policy Institute http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/liv-com/aging-in-place-2011-full.pdf Citations Did the doctor ask Mom about... Although mom may think her doctor visits are good enough, it might take more to keep her well High Readmission Rates A caregiver could reduce readmissions by ensuring Mom is doing the right things to heal. Don’t just check the boxes at the doctor’s office. Make sure that your aging loved one has the ongoing support they need when they return home. In-home caregivers provide: …Hiring an in-home caregiver makes it possible for your loved one to age in place at home where they are com- fortable and happy. A Care Plan Tailored for Mom Medication Reminders & Management Companionship & Social Connection Transportation & Errands Housekeeping & Safety Checks Help with Hygiene & Diet In addition to visiting the doctor, your aging loved one may benefit from an in-home caregiver. Caregivers can work with your family to ensure a happier, healthier life at home for your aging loved one.

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