This teaching strategy focuses on the caregiver. It highlights the need to coordinate and manage care inclusive of the caregiver as an extension of identified patient. In addition it helps the student to better understand the need for educational and emotional support of the caregiver as situational decisions are determined and functional expectations are considered. It enhances the students’ human flourishing and spirit of inquiry.
There are several activities in this teaching strategy that can be done together or independent of each other. It is an excellent tool to use with members of a group, assigning each member or group one of the activities and having them report back to the larger group their findings.
Case Study: Millie Larsen
Millie Larsen is an 84-year-old Caucasian female who lives alone in a small home. Her husband Harold passed away a year ago and she has a cat, Snuggles, who is very important to her. Millie has one daughter, Dina Olsen, who is 50, lives nearby, and is Millie's major support system. Millie is diagnosed as having delirium. Her mental status starts to clear after treatment of a urinary tract infection but almost falls walking to the bathroom. A discussion ensues regarding discharge plans and Dina is concerned regarding Millie’s ability to manage at home.
1. Utilize the caregiver preparedness tool to assess Dina’s readiness to take her mother home.
- How would you interpret the results of the Preparedness for Caregiving Scale?
- What areas of concern do you have for Dina in caretaking her mother at home?
- How can you best support the caregiver to prepare for successful transition to home?
- Develop a teaching guide and action plan to help Dina recognize and begin treatment of delirium in her mother should it occur again.
2. Develop a plan of care for offering Dina Olsen resources as she as she participates in discharge planning for her mother who has a resolving delirium and is functionally not quite back to her baseline. Look at the resources provided by AARP as providing valuable information to Dina as she plans her mother’s care.
3. Consider the following questions as you think about the needs Dina Olsen may have now as a caregiver and how these needs may change based on her mother’s diagnosis of delirium.
- How would you start to assess Dina’s needs as her mother’s primary caregiver
- How would you collaborate with Dina and Millie to negotiate resources considering the risks and benefits of interventions
- How might you initiate a conversation with Dina about caregiving? How would you access her readiness to accept resources such as those provided by AARP?
- Prioritize five resources on the AARP caregiver resource page that you would refer Dina to as she plans care (see link below)
4. Look at the AARP caregiver resource page
5. Study AARP resources on legal planning
- What legal planning do you anticipate may be needed for Dina and Millie in the future?
- What are the parameters of a power of attorney? A medical power of attorney? A legal power of attorney?
- How would you initiate a conversation between Dina and Millie regarding advanced directives?
- What are the components of advanced directives?
6. Review AARP resources on self-care
How can you help Dina think about a caregiver team?
- What signs of burnout might you expect to see in caregivers like Dina?
- What resources do you think may be helpful to alleviate caregiver burnout?
7. Look at AARP resources on planning and organizing
- How would you define a caregiver strategy?
- What are the considerations in hiring in home help? How is this financed?
- Look at the Resources Every Caregiver Should Know and identify what organizations may be helpful to Dina as she plans care:
- What important documents are vital as Dina plans care for her mother?
- Investigate the AARP app as a means of helping Dina to organize care for her mother