Holiday Gifts for Caregivers (part 2)

by Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director,
Family Caregiver Alliance

In the last blog post I suggested five gifts family caregivers could use right now: 2 weeks of respite, Social Security credits for those who leave their job to provide care, a trained workforce and so on. Practical items to be sure. Today we turn to [...]

New Resources to Raise Awareness of California Paid Family Leave

Editor’s note: This posting originally appeared on the California Work & Family Coalition blog.

By Vibhuti Mehra, Labor Project for Working Families

This year, we are celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the passage of a pioneering law for California’s working families. In 2002, a coalition of unions and community organizations including the Labor Project for Working [...]

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 [...]

30 Days of Caregiving

November 1, 2011

By Kathy Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

In honor of National Family Caregiver Month in November, we decided to feature a different perspective each day for the entire month this year. 30 days, 30 stories. Some of the topics are practical with a focus on care, some are about policy and [...]

Costly Caregiving: A Case for Policy Solutions

Note: This blog posting was first posted on the California Work and Family Coalition Blog, Family Caregiver Alliance is a member of this coalition.

Family caregivers know that long-term care can be expensive, and recent research has confirmed this. Expenses may include prescriptions, co-pays, medical equipment like walkers, and home modifications. There are also [...]

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 [...]

State Policy Recommendations for Caregivers

I had the pleasure of addressing the California Commission on Aging last week during their public hearing on “Celebrating Caregiving in California”. I was asked to provide the historical background on caregiving in my home state and look at the future in terms of policy directions. I would like to share some of [...]

States, Counties and Cities: The Long Road to Recovery

As the negative economic news continues, what are we to make of the prolonged recession that has already changed the service landscape for caregiving families? Difficult debate and hard decisions are underway at every level of government from federal, state, county to city levels. The services that families depend on for support such [...]

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 [...]