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Caregivers Count Too! Section 4: Next Steps

Now it’s up to you to take action. We hope that we’ve convinced you about the central importance of incorporating family caregivers, and an assessment of their own needs, into your everyday practice. We also hope that we’ve given you the basic tools and strategies to create and implement a caregiver assessment approach that works in your practice setting.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 3: Fundamental Principles for Caregiver Assessment

Fundamental Principles for Caregiver Assessment

The National Consensus Development Conference for Caregiver Assessment produced seven fundamental principles to guide caregiver assessment policy and practices:

1. Because family caregivers are a core part of health care and long-term care, it is important to recognize, respect, assess and address their needs.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 3: Where Should a Family Caregiver Assessment Take Place?

 

Caregivers Count Too! Section 3: When Should a Family Caregiver Assessment Happen?

When Should Assessment Happen?

As early as possible:

Data Sources for Statistics

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2000). Long-term Care Users Range in Age and Most do not Live in Nursing Homes: Research Alert. Rockville, MD: Author.

Archived State-by-State Legislation

Though many states continue to face economic challenges, we applaud those that are forging ahead and working towards creating real solutions that will make real differences in the lives of caregivers. In 2003, already 19 states have introduced legislation that would either explicitly or implicitly assist caregivers. In general, the legislation listed below does not include annual appropriations measures, unless significantly new funding or program development is included in the proposal.

Songwriting Works

Songwriting Works

Songwriting Works (SW) gives elders and families access to the physical, cognitive, psycho-social and spiritual benefits of songwriting. Family caregivers join loved ones as trained professional songwriters engage participants in elder-driven evidence-based songwriting workshops held at skilled nursing, assisted living, adult day and community centers. Songwriting Works is a 2010 recipient of The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award in the Creative Expression category.

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Meet Me at MoMA

Meet Me at MoMA

TAC Newsletter

The Newsletter of the Technical Assistance Centers―no longer being published―gathered together relevant information to the aging and lifespan respite networks on best practices, key research findings, and policy trends related to family caregiving and lifespan respite. It included listings of training opportunities and news from both areas.

Gilbert Awards 2011: Recipients

The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease
Caregiving Legacy Award: 2011 Award Recipients

 

Four exceptional programs from Minnesota, Illinois, California and Ohio were this year's recipients of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards. The programs were presented with an award of $20,000 at Aging in America, the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging in Washington, DC on March 30, 2012.

 

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