Family Caregiving Issues Addressed in Two New
FCA Reports for Health and Service Providers
SAN FRANCISCO— April 8, 2004—The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance has released two new monographs for health and service providers on significant family caregiving issues:
Navigating the Care System: A Guide for Providers to Help Family Caregivers traces the development of the sometimes-confusing array of programs and services in the U.S. health and long-term care system, and describes how service providers can help families pull the pieces together. It also examines the challenges facing caregivers and offers a list of useful resources available to providers and caregivers.
Cultural Competency in Working with Latino Family Caregivers outlines the challenges facing service providers in addressing the needs of Latino caregivers. The monograph uses case studies to illustrate how specific cultural characteristics, such as language, customs and religion, can impact caregiving situations, and offers suggestions on ways cultural competency can be improved at organizational and policy levels.
The monographs are part of a series of reports from FCA’s National Center on Caregiving (NCC) on critical issues in long-term caregiving. According to NCC Deputy Director Lynn Friss Feinberg, “These two monographs help highlight the wide ranging issues surrounding family caregiving and long-term care. Health care and service professionals will find them helpful as they work with their clients in medical and social service settings.”
The monographs are available at no charge on the FCA website, www.caregiver.org. Printed versions are available for $35 each from FCA Publication Orders, 180 Montgomery St., Ste. 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104.
The monographs are funded by the Archstone Foundation, a private grantmaking organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. Their resources are used to help all generations plan for the aging process and support programs addressing the needs of the elderly in three areas: healthy aging and independence; quality of life within institutional settings; and issues at the end of life.
Family Caregiver Alliance, founded in 1977, operates programs at the national, state and local levels to sustain and support the important work of families providing care to loved ones affected by chronic, disabling health conditions. Offering information, education, consultation and support, FCA and the National Center on Caregiving work to advance the development of caregiver support programs in every state in the country. For more information, visit the award-winning website at www.caregiver.org, call FCA at (800) 445-8106, or email [email protected].
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