A landmark law aims to help about 154,000 unpaid family caregivers in the state to remain in the workforce while helping their parents, spouses or other relatives age in place.
The Kupuna Caregiver Act will provide services worth up to $70 a day to ease the financial, physical and emotional stress on these caregivers. Such services could include home-delivered meals, personal care, transportation and adult day care, for example. Funded at $600,000 for one year beginning in 2018, the program aims to help caregivers avoid quitting their jobs and jeopardizing their own financial future.
When lawmakers convene in January, AARP advocates will press to ensure that the program is funded beyond its first year. Members can help by writing to their legislators. To join in the effort, go to action.aarp.org/KupunaCaregiversAct.