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Caregivers serve as a critical extension of US health care system. Approximately 80% of adults requiring long-term care currently live at home in the community, and unpaid family caregivers provide 90% of their care. Among caregivers, 81 % feel inadequately trained for the skills they perform and those who report the highest burden are more likely to be less educated, to live with the care recipient, and to perceive they had no choice in assuming the caregiver role. The goal of this project was to identify local resources available for caregivers and to understand the barriers to accessing these supports. An educational booklet was created to increase awareness of these resources, to address frequently asked questions from caregivers of elderly individuals, and to connect them with local organizations.
caregivers, elderly, advanced directives
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lackie, meredith ann, "Caring for an Aging Loved One" (2019). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 504.