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May 5, 2010
Volume X, Number 9
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State Legislation, Policy & Reports
- California: Survey Reveals Adults Unprepared for Long-Term Care Costs More...
- Colorado: Paid Sick Days Bill Introduced More...
Federal Legislation, Policy & Reports
- Congress Passes Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act More...
- Health Reform GPS Website Tracks Health Care Reform Implementation More...
- Australia: "Dementia and the Take-Up of Residential Respite Care" More...
- Europe: "Informal Carers: Who Takes Care of Them?" More...
Research Reports & Journal Articles
- Survey: "Baby Boomers' Caregiving Duties Impact Jobs and Health" More...
- Genworth 2010 Cost of Care Survey More...
- Survey Finds Older Adults Experience Poor Care Coordination from Health Professionals More...
Conferences & Trainings
- National Respite Conference Call for Papers Deadline Extended to May 17 More...
- National Home and Community Based Services Conference September 26-29 More...
Funding, Media & Miscellaneous
- May is Older Americans Month More...
California: Survey Reveals
Adults Unprepared for Long-Term Care Costs|
The SCAN Foundation
and UCLA Center for Health Policy Research recently released the results of a
survey of California voters conducted by Lake Research Partners and American
Viewpoint which reveals that most voters age 40 and older are largely
unprepared for the costs of long-term care should they need it. The purpose of the survey was to understand
how prepared voters age 40 and older are for the costs of long-term care, gauge
their concern about the issue, and explore whether voters think the issue
should be a priority for candidates and elected officials. For more
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
Colorado: Paid Sick Days Bill
On April 5, 2010,
Colorado Representative Cherilyn Peniston and Senator Morgan Carroll introduced
a bill (H.B. 1397) which would allow
all workers in the state to accrue paid sick days for personal illness, to care
for a sick child or other family member, or to recover from domestic violence
or sexual assault. Workers would accrue
one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with a maximum of 9 paid
sick days for full-time workers.
Businesses with fewer than 10 employees would not be required to provide
more than 40 hours of paid sick leave a year.
For more information, visit:Colorado Legislature
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Congress Passes Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health
On May 5, 2010,
President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health
Services Act (S. 1963) into law.
The new law will provide family caregivers of
veterans information and training, respite, counseling, and ongoing supportive
services. In addition, family caregivers
of veterans who were injured in the line of duty after September 11, 2001 are
eligible for training and certification, health care coverage and a caregiver's
stipend. The bill also improves health
care for veterans in rural areas, helps the Veterans Administration (VA) adapt
to the needs of women veterans, and expands supportive services for homeless
veterans. For more information, visit:
Health Reform GPS Website Tracks Health Care Reform
The George Washington
University School of Public Health and Health Services and the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation have launched Health Reform GPS, a website that offers
information and insights related to implementation of the new health care
reform law. Health Reform GPS provides
policymakers, journalists, researchers, policy analysts and others
comprehensive information about health care reform, including regularly posted
short essays, called "Health Reform Implementation Notes," that explain the
changes made by the law, provide background, describe the federal
implementation process and timetable, and identify the questions and challenges
policymakers will be grappling with in the months ahead. Users will be able to
comment on the information posted. For
more information, visit:
Health Reform GPS
Australia: "Dementia and
the Take-Up of Residential Respite Care"|
Institute of Health and Welfare recently published a bulletin (Number 78) that
analyzes the take-up rate of residential respite care among older adults in the
country who were deemed eligible for such respite based on a uniform
assessment. The bulletin reports
findings about the influence of dementia status, carer status and English
proficiency on the take-up of respite care.
The results reveal that only about a quarter (27%) of people approved
for residential respite care actually used it within 12 months of their
approval. A slightly greater proportion
of people with dementia (32%) took up respite care than those without dementia
(25%). For more information, visit:
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Europe: "Informal Carers: Who Takes Care of Them?"
The European Centre
for Social Welfare Policy and Research released a policy brief in April 2010
called "Informal Carers: Who Takes Care of Them?" The brief uses various national and
international data sources to analyze available information about carers in Europe, who benefits from informal care, what differences
exist between European countries, and what policies are in place to support
carers. For more information, visit:
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
Boomers' Caregiving Duties Impact Jobs and Health"
reports that a new research study by The Hartford Financial Services Group,
Inc. and ComPsych Corporation reveals that "the demands of balancing a
full-time job and caring for an injured or ill family member is a major source
of stress for many Baby Boomers and is impacting their productivity and their
health." The study, which surveyed
ComPsych employees who had accessed the company's Employee Assistance Program,
found that "younger Baby Boomers, ages 45 to 54, are carrying the largest
burden of family care responsibilities, with more than half saying they've
taken time off from work due to their caregiving responsibilities." The
article offers recommendations to employers on how they can help relieve the
pressure felt by working caregivers. For
more information, visit:
Genworth 2010 Cost of
In April, Genworth Financial released its 2010 Cost of Care Survey which reveals
that the costs for all types of long-term care, including home and
community-based care and residential care, have increased to varying degrees in
recent years. The survey reports on the
average rates of home care providers, adult day health care, assisted living
facilities and nursing homes by region, state, and in many cases, metropolitan
area. This year's report is one of the
most extensive surveys of this type to date.
It reveals that, overall, the
cost of care among facility-based providers has steadily increased, while
"non-skilled care"-related home care costs have remained relatively flat. For more
Survey Finds Older Adults Experience Poor Care
Coordination from Health Professionals
The Campaign for Better Care recently released a survey that reveals that "most older adults, and particularly those with
multiple chronic conditions, have experienced poor care coordination and a lack
of information because their doctors aren't talking to each other or to
them." The survey of adults age 50
and older finds that three in four respondents (74%) have wished that their
doctors talked and shared information with each other. This issue impacts family caregivers, who are
often the advocate and act as the care coordinator for adults with dementia or
multiple chronic conditions. For more
Campaign for Better Care
Conference Call for Papers Deadline Extended to May 17
The deadline to
submit proposals for the 2010 National Respite Conference has been extended to
May 17, 2010. The conference, a program
of the ARCH National Respite Network, is hosted this year by the Maryland
Respite Care Coalition. It will be held
October 24-27 in Baltimore,
Maryland. The theme, RESPITE: Create It!, will showcase
the creative ways in which respite care is delivered throughout the
nation. For more information, visit:
ARCH National Respite Network
National Home and
Community Based Services Conference September 26-29
Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) is hosting the 26th National Home
and Community Based Services Conference September 26-29, 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. The conference will showcase national, state
and local delivery and policy developments vital for assuring Americans of all
ages and abilities receive the highest quality community living supports, care,
and services possible. Registration for
the conference is now open. For more
National Home and Community Based Services Conference
May is Older Americans Month|
May is Older
Americans Month. Organizations across
the country are commemorating the month in a variety of ways. The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA)has named this year's Older Americans
Month theme Age
Strong! Live Long! AoA is
sponsoring a "Recipe for Strength" contest and a walk on the National Mall in Washington, DC,
on May 27. For more information, visit:
National Council on Aging
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