ProjectREDThe Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) toolkit, developed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center, has a new component designed to help hospitals incorporate family caregivers into patient discharge plans.

The Project RED toolkit establishes 12 actions hospitals can implement to ensure successful transition at the time of discharge, and  the toolkit’s added chapter specifically outlines a set of steps that hospitals can take to perpetuate partnerships with family members that will yield smoother transitions and reduce readmissions. Researchers have broken down the process of working with family caregivers into five steps:

    1. Identifying the family caregiver;
    2. Assessing the family caregiver’s needs;
    3. Integrating the family caregiver’s needs into the after-hospital care plan;
    4. Sharing family caregiver information with the next setting of care; and
    5. Providing telephone reinforcement of the discharge plan.

The toolkit’s new chapter, Understanding and Enhancing the Role of Family Caregivers in the Re-Engineered Discharge,  was developed in collaboration with the United Hospital Fund. Project RED  is funded by grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute.

To learn more about this enhancement to the Project RED toolkit, click here.