support for caregivers

Kent at podium at DMU
As the Iowa House debates the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Budget bill, House File 2460, AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern writes members about his recent hospitalization. Read his letter below describing the successful transitions he experienced having a designated caregiver and thorough instructions for his at-home care, measures called for in the CARE Act, which is included in HF 2460.
When it comes to support for seniors and caregivers, it matters where you live.  According to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP  and the nation's leading organizations behind long-term care, Connecticut ranks 12th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities.  While that number may seem pretty good, we know that more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve specific areas, including more support and training for family caregivers, and easing patient transitions to and from the hospital or a skilled nursing facility. 
AARP National Poll Highlights Personal Challenges of Caregivers in the United States 
When you are a caregiver, taking time to care for yourself can be an enormous challenge. Finding moments for quiet, personal time is important for everyone, so we hope that the following tips may provide some guidance for you or a loved one.
Blog by Jane Barton
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This is a guest post from AARP Illinois staffer Kathy Klaper
Family Gathers for Christmas
As families across the Hoosier state gather for the holidays, AARP Indiana is encouraging folks to assess their current caregiving plans.  Last year, 1.34 million Hoosiers provided unpaid care for a loved one, placing the economic value of their help at $9.4 billion.  Nationwide, one in four adults provides such unpaid care.*
By Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health, AARP Education & Outreach
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