FCA’s Kathleen Kelly, board members, and staff participate in Improving Care at Home conference

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Family Caregiver Alliance Executive Director Kathleen Kelly, FCA board members, and staff participated in a conference at the University of San Francisco on Saturday, October 24. Titled Improving Care at Home: Challenges and Opportunities, the conference was developed by the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions in partnership with FCA, USF Gerontology Minor, San Francisco In Home Supportive Services Public Authority, and USF’s Beta Gamma Nursing Honor Society.

Improving Care at Home: Challenges and Opportunities brought together a diverse audience of family caregivers, undergraduate and graduate students, community service providers, and members of the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Conference attendees learned about the spectrum of caregiving experiences, gaps in current services and policies, effective methods for partnering with caregivers, and the potential for new technologies to assist in making care at home easier and safer.

Unpaid and low-paid caregivers provide up to 90% of the care provided to people who are ill or disabled, but living at home. By some estimates, 65 million caregivers provide unpaid services worth up to $470 billion, more than all Medicaid spending. Often, these caregivers receive little or no training about the medical tasks they are called on to provide. Caregiving takes a significant toll on those providing care—physically, emotionally, and financially. These problems are expected to increase as the population ages and more care is provided in the home rather than in medical facilities.

Banner photo: Who are the caregivers? How do current policies support them? FCA Executive Director speaks to these questions with her talk The New Normal: Families and Caregiving.

FCA Board Member Rajiv Mehta, MBA, presented on New Insights from the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot.

FCA+ Care Manager Donna Schempp, LCSW, leading the breakout session titled Going Home: Caregivers as Part of the Equation. Hilda Uribe-Escobar, MPH, FCA family consultant, led the breakout session Doing an In Home Assessment.

Photos: Jethro Mercado

Tuesday, October 27, 2015