We urge policymakers to use the data and experience offered by organizations like AARP, United Hospital Fund, and Caregiver Homes to support family caregivers in the vital work that they do.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
Caregiver Homes, a provider of community-based long-term care for elders and adults with disabilities, applauds the release of “Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care,” a study published yesterday about the role of family caregivers in healthcare and long term care. The study demonstrates that family caregivers often perform “medical/nursing tasks” without training or oversight. The findings reinforce the value of Caregiver Homes’ model, which provides support and individualized, ongoing training to family caregivers serving Medicaid-eligible consumers.
The AARP Public Policy Institute study gathered evidence that caregivers who provide long-term care for individuals requiring assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, and eating also regularly perform medical/nursing tasks such as medication management and wound care, usually without training, support, or oversight from a healthcare professional. The study further identified that approximately half of the individuals serving as caregivers also worked outside the home, and highlighted the challenges of caregiving including fear of making mistakes, stress, depression, and caregiver health concerns.
Caregiver Homes operates a program that enables family members to care for Medicaid-eligible elders and people with disabilities at home. Caregiver Homes ensures that family members are prepared and qualified to assume caregiving responsibilities and provides ongoing training and oversight based on the needs of the individual receiving care. Caregiver Homes operates in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Ohio and has supported more than 2,500 individuals in their caregiving responsibilities.
“Through the work that we do, we are reminded - every day - of the lengths family members will go to in order to care for their loved ones,” said Caregiver Homes Executive Director Janice Masi. “The work can be difficult and demanding, and family members should not be forced to face the challenges alone. This report reminds us that, given trends in health care and demographics, we cannot afford to meet growing demands for community care without family caregivers. They need access to education and training, guidance from professionals, and, as appropriate, financial support.” Ms. Masi continued: “We urge policymakers to use the data and experience offered by organizations like AARP, United Hospital Fund, and Caregiver Homes to support family caregivers in the vital work that they do.”
Janice Masi, Rhode Island State Director Brian McKaig, Ohio State Director Sue Gregg, and other experts from Caregiver Homes and Seniorlink, the company that operates Caregiver Homes, are available to media, healthcare, and policy professionals looking for additional information about issues discussed in the recent report or on broader caregiving topics.
About Caregiver HomesTM
Caregiver Homes is a multi-state provider of a unique long-term care service model called Structured Family Caregiving. The organization, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston-based Seniorlink, Inc. is dedicated to helping elders with complex medical conditions and people with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in their homes and communities. More information at http://www.caregiverhomes.com.
Seniorlink, Inc. offers expertise in managing care for elders and people with disabilities. In addition to its innovative service model, Structured Family Caregiving, Seniorlink can offer expertise to states and managed care organizations regarding long-term care service delivery and efficiencies. More information at http://www.seniorlink.com.