- Home caregivers know that hospitalization can be difficult for older individuals, as there are challenges associated both with being hospitalized and with transitioning back to home care. Sometimes, home caregivers are not prepared for these challenges.
On February 11, 2015, Home Instead Senior Care’s invaluable Family Caregiver Support series will present an informative and educational webinar on this subject.
Entitled “Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors,” the webinar begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern). The monthly Family Caregiver Support series explores topics that are of special interest to home caregivers and the seniors for whom they care.
The “Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors” webinar will take as its basis new research concerning seniors and hospitalization. Speaker Molly Carpenter will discuss the risk of hospitalization for seniors, outline five ways to help prevent seniors from having to be hospitalized, and talk about specific barriers that could prevent seniors from staying healthy and at home.
As a bonus, participants will have access to several free resources. These include a guide entitled “Five Ways to Prevent Senior Hospitalization,” as well as a Hospitalization Risk Meter intended to help home caregivers assess the risk that as senior may require a hospital stay.
Home caregivers who participate in the February 11 webinar will learn to:
- describe five ways that they can help senior loved ones stay out of the hospital
- identify at least six barriers that have the potential to put an older adult at risk of hospitalization
- name at least five resources that can help keep senior loved ones safe and healthy at home
Molly Carpenter, an author, speaker, trainer, and family caregiver who brings years of personal and professional elder care experience and training to the subject, will lead the ” Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors” webinar. Ms. Carpenter holds a bachelor of science degree in family science with a gerontology specialization and a master’s degree in education with a gerontology specialization.
The Family Caregiver Support Series will continue on March 4 with a session on “Understanding COPD in Older Adults.”