respite care

A Bipartisan Group Proposes A Package of Modest, But Important Long-Term Care Financing Reforms

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington (DC) based group that develops consensus policy solutions,  has proposed a series of reforms aimed at helping families finance long-term care for themselves and their loved ones. The proposal aims to encourage more people to buy private long-term care insurance, including through Medicare,  and would provide a new Medicare respite benefit for family caregivers. [...]

By |2017-07-12T16:38:29-04:00July 12th, 2017|long-term care financing|0 Comments

Congress OK’s Big Boost In Alzheimer’s Research But Offers Little To Help Those Who Already Have The Disease

Just before leaving town for the year, Congress passed a budget that increased funding for Alzheimer’s research by 60 percent, but, as usual, provided little new money for programs that help those who have the disease, other frail elders, or their caregivers. Over the past six years, funding for most of these much-needed programs has not even kept up with [...]

By |2015-12-28T15:48:52-05:00December 28th, 2015|dementia, Federal senior services programs|0 Comments

Hillary Clinton Puts Family Caregiving on the Political Front-Burner

For the first time in years, maybe for the first time ever, a major presidential candidate has put family caregiving on the political front-burner. Over the weekend, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton proposed a package of ideas aimed at assisting those who are caring for aging parents or other family members. Her ideas are modest and won’t provide the level [...]

By |2015-11-23T17:39:27-05:00November 23rd, 2015|family caregivers|0 Comments

Obama Will Propose Modest New Spending for Respite Care

A White House task force on meeting the needs of middle-class families today proposed to spend an additional $102 million to assist caregivers of aging relatives. The initiative includes an extra $52.5 million for respite care--a program enacted by Congress in 2006 but never fully funded.  It is very important that the Obama Administration recognizes that caring for our parents is critical to many [...]

By |2010-01-25T15:43:23-05:00January 25th, 2010|family caregivers|1 Comment