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Caregiver Statistics: Health, Technology, and Caregiving Resources

Definitions

A caregiver—sometimes called an informal caregiver—is an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks. Formal caregivers are paid care providers providing care in one’s home or in a care setting (day care, residential facility, long-term care facility). For the purposes of the present fact sheet, displayed statistics generally refer to caregivers of adults.

Caregiver Statistics: Work and Caregiving

Definitions

A caregiver—sometimes called an informal caregiver—is an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks. Formal caregivers are paid care providers providing care in one’s home or in a care setting (day care, residential facility, long-term care facility). For the purposes of the present fact sheet, displayed statistics generally refer to caregivers of adults.

Caregiver Statistics: Demographics

Definitions

A caregiver—sometimes called an informal caregiver—is an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks. Formal caregivers are paid care providers providing care in one's home or in a care setting (day care, residential facility, long-term care facility). For the purposes of the present fact sheet, displayed statistics generally refer to caregivers of adults.

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.

A Physician's View of Caregiver Health

A legislative hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Aging and Long-Term Care in Sacramento focused attention on strategies to support family caregivers in California. (See story, Legislative Hearing Shines Spotlight on Caregiver Health). The session looked at future and current caregiver needs and the unique demographic trends that impact this important public health issue. Dr. Moira Fordyce was a key spokesperson. Below is her testimony.

Senator Alquist and Members of the Subcommittee:

Policy Recommendations: Women's Policy Summit - [1/17/13]

Women's Policy Summit: Advancing Women's Health, Wealth & Power

Federal Respite Support for Family Caregivers

Federal Respite Support for Family Caregivers

Expansion of the Lifespan Respite Care Program

Health Care Reform Timetable

Health Care Reform Timetable

This document was created and disseminated by the White House. It summarizes recently enacted Health Care Reform legislation and provides a timetable for its implementation.

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Support for Working Family Caregivers: Paid Leave Policies in California and Beyond

Family Caregiver Alliance’s National Center on Caregiving has released a new Issue Brief on the value of paid family and medical leave to both working families and employers, and describes why this issue is taking hold in the states. The brief describes the development and initial implementation of California’s landmark paid leave law, and its usage by workers who are juggling the competing demands of jobs and caring for family members with chronic or debilitating health conditions. The brief also summarizes the progress towards similar statutes at the federal and state levels.

National Consensus Project for Caregiver Assessment

National Consensus Project for Caregiver Assessment: Translating Research into Policy and Practice

Routinely, people with chronic or disabling conditions are assessed by professionals in medical, health and social service settings to determine what services or treatments they need. Family caregivers, however, have not had the same experience.

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