Identifying Caregivers in Primary Care to Influence Keeping Elderly Patients in the Home

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There are many barriers present to keeping elderly in the home . One of these barriers is lack of identifying and supporting caregivers of these patients . Informal caregivers provide the majority of care for elderly patients residing in the community . Being able to identify and support these caregivers in the primary care setting may prevent caregiver burden, with a primary goal of keeping the care recipient in the home . This interactive presentation objectives include; exploring the influences of the caregiver role and the elderly’s ability to stay in the home, critiquing the existing evidence for identifying caregivers of elderly patients and introducing and describing ongoing research within a Tennessee Primary Care Practice .

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