Who Cares for the Caregivers?
In an effort to rebalance institutional and community-based care, states are experimenting with reimbursement models that make it feasible for more people to stay home. Three-quarters of those who remain in their homes depend solely on family and friends to meet their day-to-day needs with no professional support whatsoever. Yet these family caregivers come to the task with no formal training, little in the way of help from medical professionals, scant information about how to find the services for their ailing loved one or for themselves, and no clue how to pay for it. [Read article]