FCA Meets with State Senators and Assemblymembers to discuss California Caregiver Resource Centers

As you are probably aware, Governor Brown’s proposed budget for FY 2012-13 would completely eliminate funding for the 11 state-wide California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs).

Family Caregiver Alliance: Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center is one of the 11 CRCs.   During the past month, staff from FCA have met with our elected officials and their staff members [...]

Testimony for the California Assembly Select Committee on Disabilities

February 23, 2012

By Kathleen Kelly, MPA, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance on behalf of the 11 Caregiver Resource Centers and 5.8 million family caregivers in California.

Good afternoon, Chairman Chesbro, members of the committee and distinguished panel members. Thank you for allowing me to speak about the California Caregiver Resource Center system that is now at [...]

Don’t Balance the California Budget on the Backs of Family Caregivers

In Governor Brown’s proposed FY 2012-13 budget, funding for the 11 state-wide California Caregiver Resource Centers would be completely eliminated.

The Caregiver Resource Centers offer much-needed support in a variety of ways to informal caregivers who are oftentimes overwhelmed, physically, emotionally, and financially, with their caregiver responsibilities.

The California Caregiver Resource Centers are asking family caregivers throughout [...]

A Rough Ride for California’s Caregivers

Editor’s note: There is a petition against the proposed cuts to the California Caregiver Resource Centers. You can view and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-balance-californias-budget-on-the-backs-of-family-caregivers

Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed FY 2012-13 budget this week, which calls for eliminating funding for the California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRC). The language used in the budget document [...]

Formalizing “Person and Family-Centered” Care in Healthcare

Editor’s note: Jane Gross recently asked on the New York Times ‘The New Old Age’ blog if family caregivers were “mad as hell?” Kathleen Kelly, the executive director of Family Caregiver Alliance addresses this question in her post below.

December 23, 2011

By Kathleen Kelly

Currently there is only one program for adults – hospice services – that [...]

A Caregiver Policy Wonk's Christmas List

At the recent AARP forum on caregiving, Jonathan Rauch suggested that we need a groundswell of support around caregiving in order to affect changes, not a “laundry list” of policy proposals to better support caregivers. While Rauch has a point, there’s also the old expression of “no askie, no gettie.” FCA will release its official [...]

Day 29: Protecting Caregivers through Social Security

November 29, 2011

By John Jankowski, Research Analyst, Social Security Administration

Of the many effects that caregiving can have on the caregiver’s financial well-being, one of the most harmful—and often least discussed—is its effect on future retirement income. The typical caregiver spends a significant period of time outside of the workforce, which leads to a shorter work [...]

Day 27: Caregivers: We Need to Work Together for Change

November 27, 2011

By Jenya Cassidy, Labor Project for Working Families

My 92-year-old grandmother recently fainted while walking to get her mail. She fell forward so hard she fractured bones in her face and arm. The fall and the low blood pressure that caused the fall disoriented her to the point where she forgot where [...]

Day 26: Angels in the Workplace

November 26, 2011

By Sharon Cooper, M.Ed., Media Consultant, Hospice of St John

I glanced up from my note taking to look at the woman I was interviewing for the Hospice of Saint John’s 2012 video, noticing how radiant her face had become. As she continued to relay patient care stories, she grew less aware of my [...]

Day 25: Respite: An Important Part of the Caregiving Journey

November 24, 2011

By Edrena Harrison, ACSW, Information Programs Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

Have you ever wondered why before each plane takes off, a flight attendant prepares adult passengers, in part, by instructing them to put oxygen masks on themselves first and then on children in their care? One reason, of course, is if an adult passes [...]