Increased support, recognition and training are needed by families as healthcare continues to move into home settings
SAN FRANCISCO - December 17, 2012 - The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance has released two new reports that shine a light on the important roles of family caregivers in U.S. healthcare?and how those caregivers are often unrecognized and unsupported within medical and long-term service systems.
Adult day care for the frail elderly: Outcomes, satisfaction, and cost
Citation Baumgarten, M., Lebel, P., Laprise, H., Leclerc, C., Quinn, C. (2002). Adult day care for the frail elderly: Outcomes, satisfaction, and cost. Journal of Aging and Health, 14(2), 237-259.
Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Adult Day Care (ADC) programs on: care receiver's depressive symptoms, anxiety and functional status, caregiver burden on the cost of health services.
Examines the challenges confronting working caregivers, the ways in which employers have sought to address these issues, and models for effective workplace programs. Also looks at some promising developing partnerships between employers and service providers.
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Findings from a groundbreaking research study exploring choice and decision-making in everyday care for persons with cognitive impairment and their family caregivers. The study makes policy and practice recommendations to advance knowledge on consumer direction and dementia care.
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. 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 (now retired) and Members of the Subcommittee:
I've been a caregiver for my husband since about 2001 when he began having angina. My caregiving responsibilities have progressively increased and his health has progressively declined since he had triple heart bypass surgery in 2003. After the surgery, he had atrial fibrillation, which stayed.