Family caregivers need responsiveness from policy makers

It’s nine years since I helped my dad with elder care, and I’m sorry to see not much has changed for the working family caregiver. The comprehensive policy, the Family and Medical Leave Act dialogue has picked up a bit, but it has lots of room for growth. It especially needs to address the home and community-based deliveries of care.

It’s a widespread concern for everyone with a parent or aging relative, so as far as I know, that includes every living soul. My family’s caregiving days began in 1998 when our mother developed heart disease, and her health failed. The siblings pitched in to help. It wasn’t easy since each one worked full-time outside the home. The same demands rest on other families today.

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