CAREGIVING RESOURCES:
SUPPORT EDUCATION AND SERVICES

Background
Barriers
Licensure and Governmental Regulation
Making Community Contacts
Recommendations
Services for Caregivers
 
Trends Impacting CaregivingService Delivery
 

MYTH: Resources for Caregivers Are Not Abundant and User-friendly.
Answer:

 
True
 and
False
 
      There are large numbers of services and programs to benefit care receivers and caregivers. However, they are often fragmented and confusing to families and, in some cases, professionals as well. Agencies and professionals are bound to individual state or federal legislation which dictates eligibility for services and the philosophical and financial constraints of their organizations. These components are dynamic. Policies, professionals, and agencies change.

     The vast majority of care is given informally in the home by family and/or friends. However, at various points in a disease continuum there are needs for formal care, such as home health, counseling, case management, adult day care, nursing home,and other forms of residential care. Supports for older persons who are chronically ill and their families vary in numbers, diversity, quality, and availability. The interface between formal and informal care has not been well studied. However, the public and private sectors continue to fund a variety of support programs.


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