Robyn Golden, director of Health and Aging at Rush University Medical Center, and geriatrics expert Dr. Cheryl Woodson discuss, from a health care perspective, caregiving in America with Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan. (Washington Post Live)

Dr. Cheryl Woodson at Washington Post Live’s Caregiving in America forum in Chicago. (Photo by Ashlee Rezin/The Washington Post)

“In the new health-care paradigm the caregivers are going to have to be the glue because the communication systems are not there yet. So when you transfer from one facility to another it’s the caregiver who is going to have to be the institutional memory.

“But what I am hoping is that hospitals are going to have severe penalties where people are getting readmitted within 30 days.  And so, if you don’t want people to bounce back, you have to put them where they are supposed to be and make sure that the people who take care of them know what they are supposed to do.

“‘Oh, the medication list at home is different from the medication list that you’ve just given me? Which one am I supposed to do?’ Because people will take all of it and end up back in the hospital.”

-Dr. Cheryl Woodson, elder care expert and family caregiver

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