Next Step in Care: Family Caregivers & Health Care Professionals Working Together

Next Step in Care provides easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers and health care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients.

Transitions are moves between care settings, for example, hospital to home or rehab facility, or the start or end of home care agency services. Because transitions are often rushed, miscommunication and errors can occur.

Next Step in Care materials emphasize careful planning, clear communication, and ongoing care coordination.


Featured Videos:

In a two-part interview by MD Magazine, Carol Levine, director of the Familes and Health Care Project at United Hospital Fund, discusses the challenges family caregivers face as they assume increasingly demanding "medical/nursing" responsibilities, and she also offers physicians advice on how they can help.

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MD Magazine also offers a transcribed and edited version of this interview.

Updated Short-Term Rehabilitation Guide

A new family caregiver guide, Short-Term Rehabilitation Services in an Inpatient Setting, provides a comprehensive overview of rehab services and settings, including basic facts about what family caregivers can expect. It consolidates the information previously found in several guides into one easy-to-read document. A companion guide, When Short-Term Rehab Turns into a Long-Term Stay, is unchanged.

Featured Guide for Providers

Hospital Discharge Planning—First Steps with Family Caregivers is designed to help hospital-based health care providers guide their conversations about discharge planning with family caregivers to help integrate family caregivers into the care plan. It provides a framework for health care providers’ discussions with family caregivers about topics such as: having realistic expectations about their family member’s recovery, the level of caregiving needed, and what services home care and rehab are likely to provide.

Assessing Technology as Caregiving Tools

A Family Caregiver's Guide to Electronic Organizers, Monitors, Sensors, and Apps was created for family caregivers who are grappling with issues about technology and how it may help them. The guide presents questions to think about when deciding whether to buy an electronic product or service.

Family Caregivers

If you are caring for a family member, click here for information that can help with patient transitions.

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Health Care Providers

If you are a health care provider (doctor, nurse, social worker, or therapist), click here for information that can help you and family caregivers.

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