Caregivee Costs




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  1. “Pop Drops” for Respite Care?

    “A study investigating “pop drops” suggests that older disabled patients with tired and stressed-out caregivers may have a tendency to visit the emergency department (ED) more often and, as a result, may have higher Medicare bills.”

    “Pop drop” is the term used by emergency department staff to describe a disabled older person who comes in for medical attention.”

    The study, led by researchers at the University of Michigan, appears in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and includes 3,101 couples over the age of 65, each with one spouse acting as a caregiver for their disabled partner.“

    “In the study, the researchers looked at the Medicare payments and emergency department visits for the disabled spouses in the 6 months after the caregiver spouses took standard tests to measure their fatigue, mood, sleep habits, health, and happiness.“

    “In that 6-month time period, emergency department visits were 23% higher among patients whose caregivers had scored high for fatigue or low on their own health status. In addition, patients with fatigued or sad caregivers had higher Medicare costs: $1,900 more if the caregiver scored high for fatigue, and $1,300 more if the caregiver scored high for sadness, even after all other factors were taken into account, explains a media release from Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan.”

    “Many of us who work in clinical settings feel that patients with high home caregiving needs, such as dementia, often rely on the medical system as a source of respite for their spouses or other caregivers, because other respite isn’t paid for,” says lead author Claire Ankuda, MD, MPH, in the release.“

    1. Wow .. nothing feels “respitey” to us when our person goes to emergency room or any part of hospital. I can understand how this happens though. Creative problem solving can really go wild on us when we’re exhausted. ❤️❤️❤️

    1. (Same study re: emergency room use, etc. & caregiver fatigue)

      “Objectives: To measure the association between spousal depression, general health, fatigue and sleep, and future care recipient healthcare expenditures and emergency department (ED) use. Design: Prospective cohort study. Setting: Health and Retirement Study. Participants: Home-dwelling spousal dyads in which one individual (care recipient) was aged 65 and older and had one or more activity of daily living or instrumental activity of daily living disabilities and was enrolled in Medicare Part B (N = 3,101).“

      “Measurements: Primary outcome was care recipient Medicare expenditures. Secondary outcome was care recipient ED use. Follow-up was 6 months. “

      “Conclusion: Poor caregiver well-being, particularly severe fatigue, is independently and prospectively associated with higher care recipient Medicare expenditures and ED use.“

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