One Way to Help Family Caregivers: Caregiving Navigators

Richard Eisenberg writes on family caregivers in a Next Avenue piece, including coverage on Convergence’s recent Dialogue Blueprint for Action noting that, “Two other recent reports — Convergence’s ‘Reimagining Care for Older Adults [Final Report]’ and the NAC/NACDC’s’ ‘Chronic Disease Caregiving Through a Public Health Lens‘ take a broader look at reforming the long-term care system. But they also call for more support for sudden family caregivers…The Convergence report says: ‘Family caregivers are often overstretched, under-supported, and ill-equipped for the tasks they undertake.’It recommends the federal government, states and nongovernment organizations improve and expand matching service registries to help older adults and their families.

Stuart Butler, Convergence’s caregiving project’s principal investigator, hopes federal and state governments will commission pilot projects to test out ideas supporting caregivers. ‘They can try these things and inform others so they can be replicated,’ he said.”

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