ERIC Number: EJ696757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
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A Study of 10 States since Passage of the National Family Caregiver Support Program: Policies, Perceptions, and Program Development
Feinberg, Lynn Friss; Newman, Sandra L.
Gerontologist, v44 n6 p760 Dec 2004
Purpose: This study describes the preliminary experiences of 10 states in providing support services to family or informal caregivers of elderly adults and adults with disabilities; it focuses on the newly created National Family Caregiver Support Program, state general funds, Medicaid-waiver programs, and other state-funding streams. Design and Methods: Case studies were conducted, between March and July 2002, through in-person interviews with state officials and stakeholders in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. Results: States were in the startup phase of implementing the National Family Caregiver Support Program and varied greatly in program design and integration of caregiver support into their home- and community-based care system. Viewing family caregivers as a client population was a paradigm shift for many state officials. Implications: Heavy reliance is currently placed on family and informal caregivers in home-and communitybased care, without adequate support services. Family support should be an explicit goal of long-term-care system reform.
Descriptors: Family Support, State Officials, Program Design, Program Development, Family Programs, Caregivers
Gerontological Society of America, 1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005-1503. Web site: http://www.gerontologyjournals.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; California; Florida; Hawaii; Indiana; Iowa; Maine; Pennsylvania; Texas; Washington