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Caregivers Count Too! Section 2: Vital & Vulnerable - Defining the Family Caregiver

Who Are Family Caregivers?

An estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community. Caregivers are varied in their characteristics, yet research on this increasingly visible group reveals some themes:

Gilbert Awards 2010: Recipients

The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease
Caregiving Legacy Award: 2010 Award Recipients

Four exceptional programs from California, New York, North Carolina and Washington are this year's recipients of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards. The programs are presented with an award of $20,000 each and will will participate in a breakout session at Aging in America, the Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging in San Francisco on April 28, 2011.

Caregivers Count Too! Toolkit: Background


Establishing caregiver assessment as a basic component of practice across care settings requires a fundamental change in thinking and practice. In September 2005, the Family Caregiver Alliance’s (FCA) National Center on Caregiving convened the National Consensus Development Conference for Caregiver Assessment. The conference brought together widely recognized leaders in health and long-term care to advance policy and practice on behalf of family and informal caregivers.

Caregivers Count Too! Toolkit Purpose


Our intent with this toolkit is to build on the work of the National Consensus Development Conference and facilitate implementation of assessment of caregiver needs in service delivery settings. It is not designed to address broader policy and administrative issues involved in development and implementation of caregiver assessments.

We hope this toolkit serves to . . .

Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards


View the Gilbert Caregiving Legacy Award scrapbook here

Caregivers Count Too! - Section 4

Caregivers Count Too! - Section 3: Introducing Caregiver Assessment Into Your Practice Setting

So you agree that caregivers are vital and vulnerable and that knowing their needs and strengths is important to keep them on the job, but what do you DO about that? How do you introduce caregiver assessment into your practice setting? We'll walk you through the process with the following scenario noting essential an first step, followed by the five key questions that make up the "nuts & bolts" of caregiver assessment.

The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Family Caregivers

This webinar took place on November 8, 2010.

Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the National Family Caregivers Association hosted a webinar entitled "The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Family Caregivers."

NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults

This webinar took place on July 29, 2011.

Focus on Texas: Caregiver Assessments

This webinar took place on September 20, 2011.

Family Caregiver Alliance sponsored a webinar focused on the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and efforts to implement a caregiver status questionnaire in its Medicaid functional eligibility determination process for HCBS as well as a caregiver assessment in the Older Americans Act, Title III-E programs. The process began in 2009.


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