Making Ends Meet When Money is Tight

Family Caregiver Alliance

According to an AARP Public Policy Institute online publication that details the growing contributions and costs of family caregiving, family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of unpaid care annually to elderly, disabled or ill loved ones (Valuing the Invaluable: 2011 Update). Caregiving is already stressful, yet many [...]

Day 14: Participant Direction is Growing

November 14, 2011

By Elizabeth Maguire, MSW, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services

Have you heard about the emerging model of home and community-based services for older adults and people with disabilities? This model is called participant direction (sometimes referred to as consumer direction or self direction) and it gives people enrolled [...]

Day 5: Wait Lists in Medicaid

November 5, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

While researching services for a caregiver in Florida, I stumbled upon Arc Florida’s webpage, and a section entitled “Wanting to Move to Florida?” that cautions people:

If you live elsewhere and are receiving Medicaid Waiver services, your waiver services will NOT transfer to Florida.  You will still [...]

Are Family Caregivers Worth Less?

Editor’s Note: According to the Star Tribune, (thank you PHI National for posting this) a county judge has ruled that the 20% cuts for family caregivers can be enacted.  “Lindman found that the Legislature offered the necessary “rational basis” for the pay cut when it decided that family members have “moral obligations … toward helping family members [...]

Eliminating Adult Day Health Care in California

Editor’s note: This letter was submitted to Senator Mark Leno today by Family Caregiver Alliance. He is the Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is writing to express our concerns about the planned dismantling of the Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) system.

As you noted at a recent Senate [...]

Why We Need Community Living Assistance Services & Supports (CLASS)

Staff from our organization, Family Caregiver Alliance, speak with family caregivers every day through our national information and referral hotline. These caregivers are often facing enormous financial difficulties. For example, adult children who are caring for parents with Alzheimer’s, especially in its advanced stages, find that keeping a job and being a caregiver is nearly [...]

Will Community Supports for Family Caregivers Survive?

Editor’s note (Feb. 2, 2012): 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

April 7, 2011

Total dollar valuation of unpaid services family caregivers provide in state: 48 billion
Total dollar amount of state funds for family caregivers: 2.9 million
Total public [...]

CA Proposed Budget: Sweeping Cuts in Support Services

Editor’s note (February 9, 2012): There is a petition against the proposed cuts to the California Caregiver Resource Centers for Governor Brown’s proposed FY 2012-13 budget. You can view and sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/dont-balance-californias-budget-on-the-backs-of-family-caregivers

California Governor Brown released the proposed state spending plan for FY 2011 to 2012 today with broad cuts in support [...]