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 [...]

Reverse Mortgages: The Good and the Bad

By Family Caregiver Alliance

Kathy, age 59, hates to see her mother Betty struggle with financial constraints. Since Betty’s husband passed away five years ago, her household income has been cut in half.   Kathy sees her mother struggling to pay for utilities, medication, food and other household expenses on her reduced income. While Kathy helps as [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 16: Next Step in Care: A Web-based Caregiver Manual for Navigating Transitions

November 16, 2011

By Carol Levine, Director of the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund.

In a focus group, Maria, a young woman caring for her father, complained, “When you buy a pet, you get an instruction book that tells you how to feed it, water it, and clean it – everything [...]

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 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 [...]

Day 3: Sex and Dementia

November 3, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance

Despite the fact that “sex sells,” most Americans still hesitate to speak about sex openly. Sex and older people is an even more taboo topic- a guide from Alzheimer Scotland notes: “The media tends to portray sex as being the prerogative of the young and [...]