May 31, 2023 The California Coalition on Family Caregiving reviewed proposed state policies at the beginning of the year and voted on two priority policies to champion this legislative cycle:…
The policy recommendations from the California Task Force on Family Caregiving are intended to address some of these challenges and help caregivers continue in their roles without harm to themselves. Supporting caregivers to remain in this role, if desired, can help older adults and people with disabilities live safely in their communities and avoid expensive institutionalization. If Californians are willing to take on a caregiving role, they should be supported while doing so.
Aging: it is an inevitable part of living, but it isn’t always easy. For many in the U.S., aging is accompanied by disability, onset of new diseases, and a changing social networks and social roles. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults face these same struggles, along with many other challenges.
When we typically think of a hero, they wear a distinctive suit, a long cape, and often have some type of unique power. Of course, these heroes are only in movies. Our real-life heroes are those who fight for our freedom and protect our families; our real heroes are the soldiers and veterans. And, unlike the heroes of Hollywood, often these heroes return home with both physical and psychological wounds, and require the support of a caregiver.
Just as a doctor needs to be trained to treat patients, a family caregiver needs to be trained to effectively care for their loved one. Almost half of caregivers in the United States have had to complete medical tasks for the care recipient, including managing medications, preparing special meals, giving injections, and operating medical equipment
Imagine working your job, but for no pay. But not just any job. This job has difficult and unpredictable days and countless nights spent in overtime—all without monetary compensation. This is the life of a typical family caregiver: working—often full-time— and not getting paid for it.