More than 80% of long-term care services are provided for by family caregivers, and many state and community programs meant to give those caregivers respite are in danger, reports Kaiser Health News.
Most states are facing tough budget decision, the article says, and programs providing short-term relief through options including paid home care workers and temporary stays at residential care facilities or adult day care centers are increasingly on the chopping block.
While some families are able to pay for these respite programs out of their own pockets, many rely on the state or community funds.
“These services have just come under pretty serious attack at the state level,” said Jill Kagan, program director of the Access to Respite Care and Help (ARCH) National Respite Network and Resource Center, in the KHN article. “The current economic climate that we’re in and that every state is facing has made it really difficult to expand any services at all. This comes on top of the fact that there was not enough respite for family caregivers to begin with.”
States facing either proposed or recently enacted cuts include:
Read the full article at Kaiser Health News.
Written by Alyssa Gerace