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Preventing developmental-behavioral problems in young children

From the perspective of a busy general pediatrician, what I believe U.S. families need is all described in my 2/20/15 article for The Hill, "Let's get smarter about preventing developmental-behavioral problems". Please read my article and share it on FB, Twitter and other social media outlets...

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/233131-lets-get-smarter-about-preventing-developmental-behavioral

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Incidence of stress-related health disorders in family caregivers

The level of long-term chronic stress may be causing auto-immune conditions, particularly in older mothers. As far as I know, this has not been studied, but anecdotally, practically every older mother I know who is an active advocate, also has an auto-immune disorder. Until it is identified as a problem, no one will address it with any ideas for remedies.

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Respite Research

Respite is often the most frequently requested family support service. However, according to the ARCH/ACL Expert Panel on Respite Research, which will be issuing respite research recommendations this summer, high quality research on respite outcomes for the family caregiver, the care recipient and the family as a whole, including cost benefits, is limited and often fraught with methodological problems. More and better ...more »

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An assigned patient mgr at patient's medical insurance provuder

A single point person is needed within a patient's insurance company so the family caregiver has only to speak with one person who manages all the patients referrals and authorizations throughout medical management, member services and behavioral health. This will unburden the family's stress and free up many hours of being put on hold and bounced from dept to dept. While some insurance companies claim to have this system ...more »

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Research how to help families understand the process of grief

One area of support I find families need is how to navigate the grieving process. Some families are aware of where they are emotionally regarding their loved one and some do not seem to be aware at all, or are very good at hiding it. As a provider, I would like more information/resources/etc on how to help a family in the grief process so that they can manage their feelings as well as provide the necessary support to ...more »

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Create a Database of Family Support Resources

Create an online database of resources, caregivers, where to apply for assistance, organizations that provide assistance, day programs, after school programs and summer camps.

Also, provide funding for people to start more of these programs as they are sadly lacking here in Tennessee!

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Support for Caregivers

I have had over 13 calls from Seniors taking care of their parents. Trying to leave them in their home and still live close by. Some have hired caretakers to come during the day and night. But they always have a time, when the Hired person can't come in a take care of Mom or Dad. Then they call me and ask if I know of someone who could come in at last min. and sit with their parent. I propose to set up a Temporary ...more »

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Expanding definition of family to include LGBT caregiver support

There is a dearth of research on the expanded definition of “family” and how LGBT people provide care for each other, and the people they love often without benefit of legal protections, or blood ties. Including questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and non-biological support dyads would be crucial to learning more about what those networks look like, and need in terms of support.

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