Family Caregiver Alliance makes recommendations on caregiving policy in California

March 5, 2010 by  
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The Family Caregiver Alliance has drafted a report titled Recommendation on caregiver and long-term care services in California. As a Californian, I know that the economic downturn has impacted the financial status of many of my friends who are caregivers. According to the paper, 44% of the caregivers surveyed indicated that the state cutbacks had effected the services that their loved ones received from social services. This in turn increased their stress levels. Additionally, the report found that 44% of the respondents had a cut in pay or hours. While, 15% of those surveyed lost their job. The study found that the state’s fastest growing age group are seniors. Between 2000 and 2020, Californians age 65 and above are expected to increase by a dramatic 75.4%. This number is compared to a 29.4% increase for the state’s population overall. These findings are the reason that the report provides recommendations for state policy that promote employment friendly policies for caregivers; more funding for caregiver support and services for those needing care; and provide caregiver friendly policies and programs. For those of us who have been a primary caregiver or know someone in that position, we can get behind the policy recommendations of the Family Caregiver Alliance. Checkout the complete set of recommendations around the summary that I have provided. Let me know what you think.

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