Caring for the Caregiver
JHCN has provided compassionate care for vulnerable patients with life-limiting illnesses during the last 19 years. JHCN will now be able to deepen its level of care for our family caregivers by providing volunteer “navigators” who will meet with a family caregiver on a periodic basis to identify stressors and other challenges, and offer solutions and resources to resolve these issues.
These patients and families are dealing with a wide range of diseases including cancer, congestive heart failure, dementia, chronic renal failure, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and many others. This initiative seeks to measure the effectiveness of providing help to family caregivers, and should be viewed as a major health-risk prevention initiative. Family caregivers have a 63 percent increase in mortality risk compared to family members not providing care.
Using evidence-based approaches JHCN”s Caring for the Caregiver is designed to identify and assist family caregivers of a general hospice-like population. At the end of the navigation period, a study will measure the results and impact experienced volunteers have on helping family caregivers.
JHCN is now training 20 experienced healthcare professionals as volunteer “navigators” to educate and support our family caregivers. In collaboration with Michigan State University’s College of Nursing and Trinity Health, this initiative is supported by grants from: the Michigan Healthcare Endowment Fund, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, The Wilson Legacy Fund and the Sinai Medical Staff Foundation.