Five Common Pitfalls of the Hospital Discharge Process

By Christina Irving, MSW, Family Consultant at Family Caregiver Alliance

Last week, Carole’s 78-year-old mother was admitted to the hospital after a fall in her home led to a broken wrist. For days, Carole has been going back and forth to the hospital, ensuring that her mother was comfortable and recovering from her fracture and subsequent [...]

The Future of Caregiving

By Kathy Kelly, Executive Director, and Ping Hao, Board President, Family Caregiver Alliance

Government, nonprofit, media, and business leaders from the Bay Area gathered earlier this week at FCA’s first annual Thought Leader Roundtable and Award Dinner.  The theme of the event, held at the University Club, was “The Future of Caregiving: Private/Public Partnerships.”  The [...]

Ghost of VP’s “Caregiver Initiative” Forces President Obama into Action

Dear Readers: It’s April Fool’s Day- but wouldn’t it be wonderful if some of these were true?

US Supreme Court Justice Finds Hidden Section of the Affordable Care Act Creating ‘Caregiver Czar’
John Smith, a spokesperson for the United States Supreme Court, confirmed rumors today that Supreme Court Justice Kennedy found a previously unknown section of the [...]

Family Caregivers Need Access & Training on Assistive Technologies

December 6, 2011

By Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

Editor’s Note: This post was originally featured on the Disability.gov Blog.

As the demographics shift to reflect an aging population, innovation abounds in the area of developing new assistive technologies to make life tasks easier for an individual with disabilities or for a family caregiver. [...]

Day 28: Asking for Help

November 28, 2011

By Sarah Wells, Executive Director, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care

It can be hard to ask for help. I know this first-hand. I’m one of those people who tend to always say “yes”, never “no,” and really want to do things myself. I find it incredibly hard to imagine that someday I [...]

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 [...]

Day 22: The Aging Services Network: Ready to Assist Family Caregivers

November 22, 2011

By Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging

Are you concerned about the well being of a family member or loved one? Do you assist a friend or family member with tasks like bill paying, transportation, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or more complex hands-on care? Do you need help [...]

Day 21: A Perspective on Caregiving from the Foundation Level

November 20, 2011

By Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation

I remember the day that my grandmother came to live with us. Grandma Shirley had Alzheimers Disease. She was no longer able to live independently. Growing up I had always looked forward to trips to New York. She had [...]

Day 18: Preventing Abuse and Neglect

November 18, 2011

By Elaine Chen, MSG, National Center on Elder Abuse

“I never expected to find myself in this position,” the woman told me with frustration overlying the sadness in her voice. Her mother, Mrs. P, had moved into an independent living community, and recently began displaying increasingly worrisome behaviors. The property managers called [...]