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Preparing Family Members for Stroke Caregiving

presented by Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

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Financial: Barbara Lutz receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Barbara Lutz has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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There are approximately 4 million stroke family caregivers in the United States. Research indicates that these caregivers are often underprepared to assume the caregiving role post-discharge. In this course, Dr. Barbara Lutz discusses the concerns of stroke caregivers and gaps in preparation that may result in poor outcomes for stroke survivors and their family caregivers. She discusses strategies for addressing these gaps and evidence-based tailored caregiver interventions. This course also includes information about community-based and web-based resources specifically designed for caregivers.

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Dr. Barbara Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing. Her 30+ year career as a rehabilitation and public health nurse spans practice, research, education, and service. Her research focuses on understanding the needs and experiences of patients with stroke and other chronic illnesses and their family caregivers…

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1. Identifying Caregiver's Needs and Gaps in Preparedness

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Barbara Lutz provides information about the needs of stroke caregivers. She describes strategies for assessing stroke caregiver needs and gaps in preparedness. Participants will learn strategies for prioritizing gaps in caregiver preparedness.

2. Addressing the Gaps: Interventions for Stroke Caregivers

Chapter 2 compares and contrasts evidence-based interventions for stroke caregivers. Dr. Barbara Lutz discusses strategies for addressing gaps and preparing caregiver. Participants will learn to tailor strategies for caregiver interventions.

3. Preparing for Long-Term Caregiving: Resources for Caregivers

Chapter 3 provides an overview of long-term caregiving strategies and available resources. Dr. Barbara Lutz describes long-term strategies for sustaining the caregiver role and provides an overview of resources for stroke caregivers. This chapter also provides examples of available programs.

4. Policies and Funding Related to Improving Family-Centered Care and Caregiver Support

Dr. Barbara Lutz reviews national policies related to caregivers and the recommendations that they provide. She gives examples of funding sources available to caregivers and describes how to implement interventions to meet caregiver needs.

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