In Six Words: What Was the Last Hospitalization Like?


In Six Words: What Was the Last Hospitalization Like?

I attended the American Society on Aging's annual conference, Aging in America, last week. During the conference, AARP released its latest findings on the experiences of individuals providing complex care to a family member.

During the presentation about its findings, Susan C. Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Director, AARP, shared that the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act, now law in 40 states, come into being because of the first report about family caregivers providing complex care released in 2012.

The CARE Act requires that hospitals:

  • Advise individuals of their opportunity to identify a family caregiver.

  • Record the caregiver’s name and contact information in the health record (with the patient’s permission).

  • Enable family caregivers by providing as much notice as possible about discharge timing, consulting with them about the discharge plan, discussing their role in carrying out that plan, and instructing them about the medical/nursing tasks they will handle at home.

I'm curious: What was your last hospital experience like? You can share about your caree's hospitalization or your own. Let's share our experiences in six-word stories, like:

  • Dad's care plan delivered in hallway.

  • Nurse's heavy accent caused communication problem.

Share as many six-word stories about a recent hospitalization as you'd like in our comments section, below.

I look forward to reading about your experiences.

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