Caring for Family Caregivers Part 1: Understanding the Role of the Caregiver

Caregiving for a family member or friend affected by a chronic or long-term health condition is an important public health issue affecting millions of people. As the need for family caregivers grows, it’s critical to understand and respond to the physical and mental health burdens they face.

In this special Hospital-Community Partnership podcast series, Nancy Myers, vice president of leadership system innovation at the American Hospital Association, leads a four-part series of discussions on hospital and community partnerships to support family caregivers. In this episode, Nancy is joined by Maureen Hodge, high risk program manager, and Janice Aharon-Ezer, clinical program manager, both from Community Memorial Health System in Ventura, California. The discussion: defining the role of family caregiver, understanding caregiver needs and offering help.