The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance has released two new reports for health and service providers on significant issues in their work with family caregivers.
Consumer-Directed Home Care: Effects on Family Caregivers describes currently available opportunities for consumer direction of care in public programs and private insurance plans, including opportunities for family caregivers to take on roles as representative decision-makers and paid caregivers. Written by Pamela Doty, Ph.D., this policy brief includes recent findings from “Cash and Counseling” demonstrations and assesses the prospects for expansion of consumer-directed alternatives to traditional modes of financing and service delivery.
Caregiver Education and Support Programs: Best Practice Models, by Ronald W. Toseland, Ph.D., profiles five widely used caregiver education and support programs that have empirical evidence to support their effectiveness. A full description of program materials, as well as cost and training information, are included in the monograph. Also described: how to select a program, monitor its implementation, and recruit participants.
The reports were funded by the Archstone Foundation. The publications are part of a series from FCA’s National Center on Caregiving (NCC) on critical issues in long-term caregiving. The reports are available at no charge on the FCA website, www.caregiver.org. Printed versions are available for $35 (for the education monograph), or $25 (for the consumer direction policy brief) from FCA Publication Orders, 180 Montgomery St., Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104.
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