FCA Blog

Tech Comes Home: How Emerging Technologies Can Help Caregiving Families

New technology developments in health monitoring, tracking/alert systems, medication management and scheduling/organizing care have proven to be useful tools for families providing care at home for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, heart failure and other conditions. And FCA has long advocated for utilizing any and all tools—including the latest, digital apps—to assist family caregivers.

Caregiver Well-being, During the Holidays and Beyond

by Leanne Loughran, FCA Student Intern

Most caregivers discover that being responsible for the care of another person is not an easy task. Also, that it isn't really just one, but a series of numerous and often daunting tasks. Juggling work and family life on top of caregiving duties leaves little time to focus on your own needs and well-being.

PCORI-Funded Partnerships Examine How Best to Support Caregivers

by guest bloggers, Kristen Konopka, MPH, Courtney Clyatt, MA, and Susan Sheridan, MBA, MIM

Veteran’s Day Blog: The 2014 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

In honor of Veteran's Day tomorrow, we are posting an article written by FCA Family Consultant, Christina Irving, who attended and provided instruction to military caregivers at the 2014 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, earlier this year. She summarizes her experience below.

Paid Sick Leave Passes California Senate

Congratulations to California workers! In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 30th, California became the second state (after Connecticut) to pass a paid sick leave bill, now awaiting signature by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill requires businesses to provide up to three paid sick days per year for employees who work 30 days or more—a great first step towards helping hardworking Californians. Sick days may be used to care for an employee's own illness, or for that of a family member (child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling).

Spanish-speaking Caregiver's Retreat

In the early part of last month, FCA hosted a special retreat in San Francisco’s historical Stern Grove for Spanish-speaking caregivers. Typically, FCA’s retreats are in English, but we wanted to plan a special day for our caregiver clients that only speak Spanish.

New Designs to Improve Independence

by Kathy Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance There is a growing interest in designing new products and services to improve the independence of adults with cognitive and physical disabilities and to make life easier for family caregivers. A recent “MindDesign” Student Design Challenge sponsored by the Stanford Center on Longevity in collaboration with Aging 2.0, saw submissions from 52 student teams across 15 countries.

Are We At The Tipping Point on Policies for Family Caregivers?

by Kathy Kelly, FCA Executive Director You may notice that there are many states now considering policy actions that effect family caregivers. This is a markedly different environment that reflects the increased desire for remaining in one’s community, coupled with changed incentives within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that move towards outcomes that increasingly depend on supportive care at home and capped by the demographic changes that will create the demand for long-term services and supports (LTSS), for decades to come.