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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have taken care of my mom all my life as she has had debilitating Rheumatoid Arthritis since she was 6 years old. She went through an experimental treatment about 20 years ago, hoping to put the arthritis into remission.