FCA Blog

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.

Reading the Trends Plus Persistence Equals Expanded Family Leave Law in California

Family Caregiver Alliance

Recognizing the diversity of relatives providing care to family members, Governor Brown signed SB770 that expanded the current family leave law to include other members of a family needing care—grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws.  With enactment, the state of California has the most expansive family leave law in the country.

Family Caregivers Feature Prominently in the Report from the Commission on Long-Term Care Released Today

Family Caregiver Alliance

Today the Commission on Long-Term Care released the full report on their activities over the past six months.  Created by Congress and signed into law January 2013, the 15-member Commission had a very short time frame for gathering information and issuing a report.

The Report has four main areas for review: Service Delivery; Workforce; Finance; and Advancing a National Advisory Committee on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), with 28 Recommendations for specific policy changes.

Drumming Up Local Dollars for Senior Services

Family Caregiver Alliance

In spite of budget cuts and gridlock in Washington, many states, counties and local communities are finding ways to raise revenue to support services for older and disabled adults. One example: In California's Santa Clara County (the home of Silicon Valley), Measure A passed in November of last year, which raised the local sales tax by 1/8 of a cent over a 10-year period to provide revenues designated for the county hospital, public health and welfare programs.

Rhode Island Rocks!

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Kathy Kelly, Executive Director - Family Caregiver Alliance

FCA Applauds the SCOTUS Ruling Regarding DOMA

Here the State’s decision to give this class of persons the right to marry conferred upon them a dignity and status of immense import.

Justice Kennedy, on the granting of rights to married couples.

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