Self-direction allows individuals to have greater choice over the services and supports they receive, including hiring and managing their own paid caregivers and purchasing items to live more independently at home.
These actions can enable relationships between family caregivers and long-term facility residents during the spread of COVID-19.
The value of unpaid family care is huge. Although policy change is underway, more robust action is needed to support caregiving families.
Family Caregiver Supports in Medicare Advantage Plans: New Opportunities for Person- and Family-Centered Care
As Medicare Advantage plans consider their benefit packages for next year, here are four family caregiver-related recommendations for Medicare Advantage plans
The creation of the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) nearly two decades ago marked the first federal recognition of the central role families play in the provision of long-term services and supports (LTSS). In the field of aging and caregiving, the NFCSP, created in 2000 under the Older Americans Act (originally enacted in 1965), was a game changer. Why? Because the federal program made it possible for every state to address family-related matters that historically were thought to be too private for a public response.
Palliative care can make a huge difference for people living with serious illness, and a new set of professional guidelines is aiming to increase access to this care
As a family caregiver for my mother who died last year at the age of 96, I benefited greatly from the peace of mind and financial security of having paid family leave benefits from my employer, AARP. The benefit was there when I needed it most: to be present for significant caregiving issues, during a hospitalization, and, finally, in the last days of my mother’s life.
In workplaces and at kitchen tables across the country, Americans are grappling with a growing issue that touches so many of us: the enormous struggles we face when caring for relatives and friends who need ongoing help because of a chronic illness, disability, or a serious health condition.
Many of you, like me, know that family caregiving for someone you love can be a source of deep satisfaction and meaning. But caring for a person with dementia, known as dementia caregivers, can exact an especially high emotional, physical and financial toll on family members themselves.
Families and close friends are the most important source of support to older people and adults with a chronic, disabling or serious health condition. They already take personal responsibility for providing increasingly complex care to the tune of $470 billion (as of 2013). That figure, representing family caregivers’ unpaid contribution in dollars, roughly equals the combined sales of the four largest U.S. tech companies (Apple, IBM, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft, $469 billion) in 2013.
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