How Medicaid Can Help With Medical Expenses For Seniors

By Family Caregiver Alliance

Larry’s elderly father is struggling to make ends meet. After moving into a senior apartment complex after the death of his wife and living largely off of his social security income, his father’s finances are tight.  Larry is helping to find ways to pay the monthly rental fee, buy groceries [...]

LGBT Caregivers: What Does the Future Hold?

By Family Caregiver Alliance

Earlier this week, President Obama became the first president of the United States to endorse gay marriage. While the immediate effects of his endorsement aren’t clear, there is a possibility that this endorsement may carry over to changing policies that affect LGBT caregivers in long-term care programs like Medicaid. This post highlights unique [...]

Advocacy, Media, and Policy for Caregivers at the 2012 Aging in America Conference

Last month, staff from Family Caregiver Alliance traveled to Washington, DC for the 2012 Aging in America Conference. In addition to our Gilbert awards ceremony (read more about the award reception here), FCA staff also attended the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, and presented a session entitled “Family Caregivers: Policy Perspectives, Media Musings.  The Aging in [...]

Long-term Care Insurance: Seemingly Essential Yet Increasingly Unaffordable

When considering how to pay for your own or a loved one’s long-term care needs, long-term care insurance (LTCI) is often recommended as a way to help cover the costs. Assisted living care alone can cost a staggering 20K to 70K or more a year depending on what level of care is needed.

Medicare pays for [...]

2011 Best Of Awards in Family Caregiving

For the second year in a row, Family Caregiver Alliance announces our “Best of” awards focused on research, personal accounts, and media coverage of family caregivers during the past year.  The “Best of” awards are drawn from our “Family Caregiving 2011: Year in Review” report that is a compilation of the key developments during 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 [...]

45 Facts on Family Caregivers from Research in 2011

As part of Family Caregiver Alliance’s report, “Family Caregiving 2011: Year in Review- A compilation of Research, Programs, Legislation, & Media Coverage” this brief highlights 45 data points based on research released in 2011 focused on family caregivers in the United States and Internationally.  The citations for all 45 facts are listed at the bottom [...]

A Caregiver Policy Wonk's Christmas List

At the recent AARP forum on caregiving, Jonathan Rauch suggested that we need a groundswell of support around caregiving in order to affect changes, not a “laundry list” of policy proposals to better support caregivers. While Rauch has a point, there’s also the old expression of “no askie, no gettie.” FCA will release its official [...]

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 19: The Imperative for Caregivers to Speak Out and Help Shape Policy

November 19, 2011

By Debra Ness, Leader, Campaign for Better Care and President, National Partnership for Women & Families

Too often, being a family caregiver is like running an obstacle course: carrying medical records from doctor to doctor, carving out time to attend medical appointments and trying to be sure that you fully understand your loved [...]