The Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide was developed by AARP with caregivers in mind—as a starting point to help them find the services and support they need throughout their caregiving journey.
Every day, nearly half a million Arkansans perform a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. These unpaid family caregivers help their loved ones with medications, meals, bathing and dressing, chores and even complex medical tasks.
Shirley Bell, 66, is fiercely independent and is used to doing things for herself. But six years ago, when she became the primary caregiver for her mother, she realized that sometimes everyone needs a little help.
As part of raising awareness about the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act , which takes effect Wednesday, July 22, 2015, AARP Arkansas is releasing the Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide.
Every day, a silent army of 478,000 Arkansans performs a true labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends... so they can remain in their homes. These family caregivers wouldn’t have it any other way... but are on duty 24/7, usually without pay, and often can’t even take a break.
Americans are living longer than ever before, and soon older adults will outnumber the young. Today, family caregivers are providing 90 percent of parent care, in addition to balancing work and family, a job most cannot afford to do. Who will take care of those who can no longer care for themselves? How will the nation adapt to ensure that adequate care can be provided for both the caregivers and for those being cared for?
Thanks to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who today signed the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act. Strongly supported by AARP Arkansas, the Caregiver Act will help ease transitions from hospital to home for patients & their caregivers.
This story from Arkansas News Service includes comments from Herb Sanderson, our Associate State Director for Advocacy, who explains how a bill backed by AARP would help Arkansas' silent army of family caregivers, who give so much of themselves for their loved ones.
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