The Policy Issue Of Family Caregivers

1080 Words Feb 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Policy Issue:
I chose to focus on the policy issue of family caregivers, who provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled loved one especially older adults. According to Gordon and Barrington (2016), there are almost 35 million Americans who provide care for adult family members and friends aged 50 or older with limited activities of daily living such as bathing; and instrumental activities of daily living such as preparing meal, and managing medications. Gordon and Barrington (2016) also mentioned that the family caregivers spend almost 40 hours per week to take care of their older relatives. Family members are the primary source of unpaid caregiving for older adults aging at their home. The role of a family member as a primary providers should be acknowledged by the government as they are saving billions of health care costs as a result of informal caregiving. The American Association of Retired Persons (2015) reported that the estimated economic value of unpaid caregiving by the family members was $470 billion in 2013.
Problem Statement: Gordon and Barrington (2016) recognized that there is a great need of a policy to offer support to family caregivers because every day 10, 000 people are turning 65 and number of the older adults are growing dramatically. Family caregivers have been an integral part of providing care to their loved ones. Almost 60% of family caregivers are women with a median age of 50 (Gordon and Barrington, 2016). There are various barriers to…
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