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50+: Live Better, Longer

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Report Calls for Improvement in Home Health Care

National Research Council Wants Better Training for Home Caregivers

AARP Perspective

The recommendations are applauded by AARP, says Susan Reinhard, PhD, RN, AARP's senior vice president of public policy. She wrote the AARP report.

"We call it the new normal, this caregiving," she tells WebMD. And it is not simple.

In its report, AARP finds that home caregivers are asked to do more complicated services. This includes bandaging and wound care, tube feedings, managing catheters, and giving injections and operating medical devices.

"Some of the things that family caregivers do would make a first-year nursing student shudder," Reinhard says in a news release.

In an interview with WebMD, she says that the National Research Council report "supports our overall goal of helping people to live at home independently if that is their choice."

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