Online Program

Transitions in caregiving: Identifying and meeting the needs of family caregivers in NH

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 8:54 a.m. - 9:06 a.m.

Kimberly Phillips, MA, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Susan Fox, MA, ABD, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Tobey Partch-Davies, PhD, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Family caregivers provide 80% of all long term care in the US (Metlife Mature Market Institute, 2001; Lee, 2004). This caregiving is physically and mentally demanding, generally unpaid, and usually performed while the caregiver is balancing work and other family responsibilities. In 2010 the state of New Hampshire added the Caregiver Module to the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey to better identify the needs of this population. This presentation will provide an overview of the findings from the BRFSS, including the characteristics of NH Caregivers and areas of disparity between caregivers and the general population. The presentation will also describe the NH Family Caregiver Support program, an innovative program that utilizes a person centered approach to focus on meeting the needs of the caregiver. Research outcomes on program participants will be shared and indicate that caregivers were able to maintain or improve their mental and physical health status even when faced with the declining health and functioning of the person for whom they provide care.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Explain disparities experienced by family caregivers regarding social determinants of health, using one state as an example; Identify useful elements and outcomes of a person-centered intervention to reduce caregiver burden and address the needs of family caregivers.

Keyword(s): Aging, Caregivers

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as a research associate at the University of New Hampshire for the past six years. In addition to evaluating the Transitions in Caregiving project and analyzing the research data, I have presented evaluation methodology and research results at previous national conferences.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.