New Policy Briefs and Monographs published by the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance examine critical issues and trends in caregiving.
The Policy Briefs include:
- The Road to Recognition: International Review of Public Policies to Support Family and Informal Caregiving discusses key policy issues and practices of family caregiver support in six countries, and illustrates where formal and informal systems of long-term care and caregiving intersect and where gaps and limitations remain. A detailed table compares policies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
- Caregiver Depression, A Growing Mental Health Concern addresses the economic and health consequences of depression among family caregivers, discusses barriers to treatment and promising practices to alleviating symptoms, and suggests policies to support family caregivers.
- Paid Family and Medical Leave: Why We Need It, How We Can Get It describes how paid family and medical leave affects working caregivers and their employers, reviews the status of paid family leave legislation throughout the U.S., and makes recommendations for policies benefiting both working families and employers.
The NCC’s new monographs include:
- Workplace Programs for Family Caregivers: Good Business and Good Practice, by Donna L. Wagner, examines the challenges confronting caregivers who are juggling family and eldercare demands, and the responses of employers to these challenges. The report also looks at models for the most effective workplace programs.
- Practical Skills Training for Family Caregivers, by Mary A. Corcoran, provides an overview of the hands-on strategies and skills caregivers need to maintain a frail elder or chronically ill individual at home.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Issues and Family Caregiving, by David W. Coon, looks at the unique issues facing caregivers in the LGBT community. The report includes discussions of obstacles that may prevent LGBT caregivers from fully utilizing support services and suggests ways to overcome those obstacles at system, community and policy levels.
These Policy Briefs and Monographs were funded by the Archstone Foundation.
All of these publications are available at no charge on the FCA website. Order printed versions by sending $25 per title for Policy Briefs or $35 for monographs to FCA Publication Orders, 180 Montgomery St., Ste. 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104.
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