Caregiving is challenging, as Delaware’s 123,000 unpaid family caregivers can attest. Home health aides can provide needed support with tasks such as bathing, dressing and feeding. But because state law does not allow these workers to administer medications, family caregivers often have to leave work to do it themselves.
Caring for a parent, spouse or other adult? AARP Delaware is distributing a wallet card that spells out new support for family caregivers under a state law that took effect Jan. 1.
Caregiving can be stressful, exhausting and daunting. A new state law aims to ease the stress by providing caregivers with training and support when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay.
The silent and dedicated army of 123,000 unpaid caregivers in Delaware have some hope on the horizon. That’s thanks to Delaware’s Senate, who recently introduced the CARE Act into this year’s Legislative session for vote. The bill, Senate Bill 52, is moving to the House for vote soon. The bill would provide more support for caregivers and will make it easier for those receiving care to remain at home – which is where they want to be.
On Friday, September 11, 2015, AARP Delaware will dedicate a room for caregivers at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware as part of the “Adopt-a-Room” program. AARP State President Rashmi Rangan will present a check to Ronald McDonald House CEO Pam Cornforth during a press conference at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware at 11:00 am. Delaware Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf will also speak on the importance of supporting caregivers.
Family caregivers in Delaware provided 114 million hours of care—worth an estimated $1,580 million —to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Microsoft) in 2013.
The Caregiving Task Force, which was formed with the passage of AARP Model Resolution 57 during the 2014 legislative session, met its deadline and delivered its recommendations to Governor Markell and the House and Senate on May 29, 2015. Former State President and Caregiving volunteer Jeanne Nutter, Ph.D., served as co-chair on the task force to help drive the agenda and ensure better resources and policies for family caregivers. The task force spent many months assessing family caregiving in Delaware to develop a list of needs that will benefit consumers and employers alike.
AARP Delaware collaborated with the County's Executive Office to produce the New Castle County Guide to Services for residents age 50 or older.
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