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The Home Alone AllianceSM is a partnership of public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations coming together to change the way health care organizations and professionals interface with family caregivers.
Almost half (46%) of family caregivers say they perform medical/nursing tasks. These include handling prescriptions, helping someone climb the stairs with a cane, and caring for and cleaning wounds. Family caregivers often do these tasks with no training or help from health care professionals.
Family caregivers often feeling stressed about performing these tasks and worry about making mistakes. The Home Alone AllianceSM is dedicated to creating solutions geared towards supporting family caregivers performing these complex tasks.
Supported in part by:
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
Family Caregiver Alliance
United Hospital Fund
American Journal of Nursing
The John A. Hartford Foundation
Atlas of Caregiving
Center to Advance Palliative Care
Coalition to Transform Advanced Care
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Home Instead Senior Care
National Alliance for Caregiving
National League for Nursing
Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
This video series—available in English and Spanish, seeks to provide family caregivers performing wound care tasks with simple, concrete instruction on a variety of topics. It was developed by Alliance members—the AARP Public Policy Institute and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC, Davis.
General Principles of Wound Care
Pressure Ulcers: Prevention and Skin Care
Caring for and Maintaining Ostomy Bags
Diabetic Foot Care: Treatment and Prevention
Caring for Lower Extremity Wounds and Cellulitis
Treatment of Skin Tears
Cuidado de pie diabético: Prevención y tratamiento
Principios generales para curar una herida
This video series—available in English and Spanish, seeks to provide family caregivers of those with mobility challenges simple, concrete instruction on a variety of topics. It was developed by Alliance members—the AARP Public Policy Institute and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Preparing Your Home for Safe Mobility
Getting from a Car to a Wheelchair
What to Do When Someone Falls
Using a Walker or Cane and Navigating Stairs
Moving from a Walker to Shower or Bed
Cómo preparar tu hogar para la movilidad segura
Salir del auto a una silla de ruedas
Cómo usar un andador o una lata en las escaleras
Llegar del andador a la ducha o la cama
Qué hacer cuando alguien se cae
These videos not only seek to help family caregivers but to also teach nurses and nursing students ways in which they can role-model them and work with families in very meaningful ways that support the family member performing the difficult task and ultimately the person in need of the care. Read more
Hospital Discharge Planning
Organizing and Administering Pills
Beyond Pills: Eye Drops, Patches & Suppositories
Dealing with Dementia-Related Resistance
Giving Insulin Injections
Caring for Lower Extremity Wounds and Cellulitis (PDF)
Caring for an Ostomy and Changing Ostomy Bags (PDF)
General Principles of Wound Care (PDF)
Treatment of Skin Tears (PDF)
Diabetic Foot Care: Treatment and Prevention (PDF)
Pressure Ulcers: Prevention and Skin Care (PDF)
Preparing Your Home for Safe Mobility (PDF)
Basics of Car to Wheelchair Transition (PDF)
What to Do When Someone Falls (PDF)
Transferring from Assistive Device to Shower or Bed (PDF)
Using a Walker or Cane to Navigate Stairs (PDF)
Home Alone AllianceSM Overview (PDF)
Home Alone In Brief (PDF)
From Home Alone to the CARE Act
Map of CARE Act States (PDF)
In recognition of the crucial role of family caregivers as the foundation of long-term care, a national panel of experts identified family caregiving as one of five key dimensions in a high-performing system of long-term services and supports.
Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone
Nurses Supporting Family Caregivers
People with Cognitive and Behavioral Conditions (PDF)
Employed Family Caregivers Providing Care (PDF)
Family Caregiver Perspectives (PDF)
Do's and Dont's (PDF)
The Caregiving Resource Center offers expert advice and resources for your senior care needs.
Susan Reinhard is senior vice president and director of AARP Public Policy Institute. Read her latest blogs on family caregiving, healthy living, nursing and more. Read Susan's Blogs
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