"The Commission on Long Term Care released its report to Congress, with recommendations on how to integrate and fund the American system of long-term care. The report addressed four main areas: Service Delivery, Workforce, Finance, and formation of a National Advisory Committee on Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS). Family caregivers are recognized as being the backbone of the LTC system, providing a majority of care in the U.S. The workforce section of the report states a vision of an LTSS system that supports family caregivers while attracting and retaining a competent workforce that will provide high quality person- and family-centered care in all settings. Recommendations for improvement include: involving the family caregiver and considering their needs in the assessment and care planning; ensuring family caregivers access to relevant information through technology to facilitate care, communication and decision making; inclusion of family caregivers as part of the care team and in the patients' records; and providing opportunities for caregiver interventions, including respite and integration with volunteer services."- Caregiver.org
For more information about legislation introduced at the state and federal levels, go to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) online database of current legislation and bills related to family caregiving. Archived bills can be searched by state or by the policy strategy used to support family caregivers, such as tax incentives, Medicaid policies, or respite assistance.
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