ERIC Number: ED298365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
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Social Policies for Family Caregivers.
Barer, Barbara M.
Demographic changes, changes in women's work roles, and changes in the nature of the family have increased the importance of identifying the effects of government policy on family cohesion and living arrangement decisions. The effect of public policy on the nation's largest source of caregivers, the family support system, is a key issue. While there appears to be considerable interest in promoting and fostering the ability of families to care for their aged members, there is considerable confusion about how this goal can best be accomplished. Policy recommendations which favor funding and services to families rather than promoting institutional care include ongoing funding for respite care, increased adult day health facilities, financial incentives to families, flexible work schedules, education, and advocacy. A recurrent theme in the literature addressing policy issues in providing help to older adults is the respective roles of the informal and the formal support systems. Government programs should be designed to supplement and support, rather than substitute for, family care. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society (38th, New Orleans, LA, November 1985).