FCA Blog

Day 25: Respite: An Important Part of the Caregiving Journey

November 24, 2011 By Edrena Harrison, ACSW, Information Programs Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance Have you ever wondered why before each plane takes off, a flight attendant prepares adult passengers, in part, by instructing them to put oxygen masks on themselves first and then on children in their care? One reason, of course, is if an adult passes out, his or her loved ones’ safety will be at risk. They also inform passengers about resources on the plane for the duration of the trip.

Day 23: Life After Caregiving – Ireland’s Experience

November 20, 2011 By Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Care Alliance Ireland While there has been significant progress made in the past 20 years in the provision of state supports for caregivers in Ireland, we know little about the experiences of caregivers after their caring has ceased or changed in nature.

Day 22: The Aging Services Network: Ready to Assist Family Caregivers

November 22, 2011

By Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging

Day 21: A Perspective on Caregiving from the Foundation Level

November 20, 2011

By Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford Foundation

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

Day 18: Preventing Abuse and Neglect

November 18, 2011 By Elaine Chen, MSG, National Center on Elder Abuse “I never expected to find myself in this position,” the woman told me with frustration overlying the sadness in her voice. Her mother, Mrs. P, had moved into an independent living community, and recently began displaying increasingly worrisome behaviors. The property managers called with warnings about her misuse of the washing machine. Family friends shared concerns about her increasing confusion and uncharacteristic combativeness. Mrs. P’s companion caregiver told of the stove burner being left on. As Mrs.

Day 17: Assessing the Needs of Family Caregivers: An Outlook from Capitol Hill

November 17, 2011

By Senate Special Committee on Aging, Majority Staff

Despite their large numbers, family caregivers remain at the margins of our health and aging services system. It is time to give a voice to the 44 million people who provide long-term care to frail elders and disabled Americans. As the Baby Boom Generation moves into retirement, the need to rely on voluntary care will only increase.

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 you need to know. But when you take a sick person home from the hospital, you don’t get anything that tells you how to take care of him!”

Day 15: “Family Caregivers Go on Strike, Stealing Attention Away From NBA Strike”

What if Family Caregivers Went on Strike?

November 15, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist at Family Caregiver Alliance

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