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Respite Fact Sheet
A Lifespan Respite Summit was held on Friday, March 1, 2012. Below is a summary of the priorities and outcomes from the respite summit.
Establish respite as part of the continuum of care
Propose legistation to create funding for lifespan respite
Develop a turbo-website for identifying eligibility for respite and other programs (Expand LouisianaAnswers)
Recruit non-social service members to expand coalition (bankers, public relations, etc.)
Incorporate the lifespan Respite Coalition as a non-profit 501 (c)(3)
Click on the following links for News and Events.
Louisiana Lifespan Respite Coalition - 10/28/2013
The Caregiver's Advocate Volume 2, Issue 2
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a proud member of ReACT (Respect a Caregiver’s Time), launched the Employer Resource Guide: Four Steps for Supporting Employees with Caregiving Responsibilities, a free resource to help employers adapt to employee caregiving as the “new normal” in the workplace.
Please visit www.respectcaregivers.org for more information and to download the free Employer Resource Guide. - 11/20/2013
Information & Support for In-Home Dementia Caregivers was developed by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health. This educational series is designed
to aid caregivers who are helping a loved one suffering from dementia including home safety, legal matters, dealing with problem behaviors and learning
Some new resources on caregiving, now available:
The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) has a series of blogs on the new rule for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) issued last month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
- Part I, All Eyes on the States, by Wendy Fox-Grage
- Part II, There’s No Place Like Home-But How Do You Define It?,by Don Redfoot
- Part III, Setting the Pace for Identifying Family Caregiver Needs, by Lynn Friss Feinberg
In case you missed it, the Alliance held a webinar on “Better Work, Better Care: How Employers Can Support Family Caregiving” which featured speakers from the national ReACT Coalition. Replay available at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/9/3422
The Washington Post profiled caregivers and seniors in the Washington, DC area. Read the article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/as-americans-age-families-are-critical-to-nations-health-care-system/2014/03/04/d40ab934-9446-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html
From the National Alliance for Caregiving. Learn more about us at www.caregiving.org.
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- 82% care for one person who is likely either living with the caregiver or living within 20 minutes of the caregiver.
- 60% of caregivers are female. The typical caregiver is a 49-year-old female caring for a 69-year-old female relative, most likely her mother.
- 40% of caregivers are male.
- 34% of caregivers have a full-time job, while 25% work part time. Caregivers who work do so for 34.7 hours per week on average.
- Caregivers have been caring for 4 years on average, spending 24.4 hours per week helping with activities like bathing, dressing, housework, and managing finances.
- 32% provide at least 21 hours of care a week, on average providing 62.2 hours of care weekly.
- 38% of caregivers report high emotional stress from the demands of caregiving.
[Caregiving Listserve] from the National Alliance for Caregiving
A new article from Howard Gleckman in Forbes calls for better care for the 40M+ family caregivers in the U.S., who provide roughly $470 billion in care annually. These caregivers, often invisible to the care system, make a huge impact on our health and well-being. The care they provide is slowly being recognized by more states through legislation and other programs - as Gleckman says, "We have a long way to go, but it is at least a start."