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The Maine Primary Partners in Caregiving project placed an emphasis on identification of caregivers and providing support to this group of individuals. Eighty percent of all elder caregiving occurs within the home setting, and this is often stressful due to constant challenges. The goals of this project involve demonstrating that rural primary health care practices are an effective point of early intervention, to show that caregivers will accept and utilize information, support and training, to demonstrate that the multiple risks of rural caregiving will be ameliorated by a combination of information, support, and training, by MPPC Caregiver Specialists, and to show that a productive community service partnership among primary care practitioners, a health care provider, AAAs, and a university center on aging can be established and sustained in service to family caregivers. The project utilizes brief screenings on all individuals over the age of 18 during routine PCP visits. The responses acquired during these screenings determines the appropriate action to be taken, which may include help such as follow-up phone calls or ongoing assistance. Through the project, it was concluded that higher depression scores are associated with lower levels of expressed caregiver competency and confidence, increased perceptions of caregiver burden, a greater sense of social isolation, and smaller social networks. New focuses on early intervention and proactive patient care is coming to light in order to increase awareness and support systems. This project manual evaluates the screening and referral processes as well as looks at future funding and support aspects.
Eastern Agency on Aging and University of Maine Center on Aging, "Maine Primary Partners in Caregiving" (2002). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 18.
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