Day 20: Who’s the Boss? Providing Person-centered Care and Caring

November 20, 2011

By Bonnie Kantor-Burman, Director, Ohio Department of Aging

My mother was cared for by a wonderful woman, Darlene, during the time she needed long-term care and caring. One day, I asked Darlene if my mother could go somewhere with me—I don’t remember where, but it really doesn’t matter. What matters is the quizzical and [...]

Day 12: Caregiving in the LGBT Community

November 12, 2011

By Scott French, SAGECAP Program Manager (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) CAP (Caring and Preparing)

Caregiving takes many forms. While we might think of caregivers as paid aides, in reality, the majority of caregiving in the U.S. is provided by informal caregivers, usually a spouse or child. In the [...]

Day 11: 2011 Marked Milestones in VA’s Recognition of Caregivers

November 11, 2011

By Deborah Amdur, LCSW, ACSW, Chief Consultant, Care Management and Social Work, Department of Veterans Affairs

In 2011, after nearly 150 years of honoring Veterans through benefits, health care and honorable burials, VA paid direct compensation to the Family Caregiver of a Veteran through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Program of Comprehensive Assistance [...]

Day 9: Helping Those Who Help Others

November 9, 2011

By Enid Kassner, Director of Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports at the AARP Public Policy Institute.

When I was growing up, my grandmother liked to say: “God helps those who help themselves.”  This was a woman who knew something about hard work – coming to this country at the age of 17 from Romania; [...]

Day 8: Holiday Time, Siblings and Parent Care

November 8, 2011

By Leah Eskenazi, MSW, Director of Operations and Planning at Family Caregiver Alliance

Are you looking forward to getting together with your parents and siblings for Thanksgiving? Maybe not. Sibling relationships and parent–child communication can be complicated. Should one or both of your parents also suffer from a progressive chronic illness, then the [...]

Day 2: Is there anything good about caregiving?

November 2, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

As advocates and people that work with family caregivers and their loved ones, we are often focused on the negative aspects of caregiving.  There are logical reasons for this, for example, the family caregivers we work with often contact us when they reach a breaking point, [...]

Family Caregivers: A Priority for Politicians?

Editor’s note: This posting first appeared on the Health Affairs blog on October 3rd 2011.

A posting on the Health Affairs blog earlier this year by Carol Levine asked the pointed question “Year of Caregiver- In what country?” In it, she compared the “Year of the Family Caregiver” in the U.S. to the recent [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]