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Caring for relative and fear you’ll make mistake? Millions do, AARP report says
Sacramento Bee

About a quarter of the nation’s 40 million family caregivers live with the fear that they will make a mistake on vital medical tasks such as giving injections or caring for wounds that could harm their loved ones, according to an AARP report released this week.

“Many of the changes in the health care system, such as earlier discharge and chronic disease self-management, carry major expectations for families to step up to more complex care and involvement. Yet, too often they are unprepared and do not get the support they need to assume these important roles,” said Heather Young, dean emerita at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. “This report provides direction for future action to improve the lives and capacity of family caregivers.”

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