Beaten-Down, Penniless, and Even Jailed Caregivers Demand Relief Plans From Presidential Candidates

There are over 67.5 million family caregivers in the US. The unpaid services they provide is estimated to be $650 billion dollars a year. They are the largest source of long term care services in the US. This can be an insurmountable task, with many caregivers actually dying before the patient themselves. Caring for others can lead to isolation, substance abuse, financial ruin, and shattered family relationships.

CaregiverRelief.com, an advocacy site operated by nationally known caregiving expert Diane Carbo RN, is asking presidential candidates to develop and declare plans for helping the nation’s embattled caregivers.

So far, only Secretary Hillary Clinton has proposed a plan. CaregiverRelief is a non-partisan site and does not support any candidate at this time. You can read CaregiverRelief’s report on Secretary Clinton’s plan here.

CaregiverRelief hopes the site will give journalists an overview of America’s elder care crisis and also offer them story ideas for their own communities.  

For more on this please visit: http://caregiverrelief.com/presidential-campaign-issues-family-caregivers-support-caregiver-relief-act/

Here are some questions family caregivers would like to ask: 

What is your plan to allow family caregivers to be able to pay their own bills while saving the federal government hundreds of thousands of dollars by leaving their loved ones out of $8,000-per-month nursing homes that nobody wants to go into the first place?

Why can’t the government pay caregivers a small living wage, or at least foot the bill for respite care so they can get a part-time job elsewhere?

We invite all of the presidential candidates to “Be a Caregiver for a Day.” And we even will provide an hour-by-hour itinerary of what to expect.


Categories: Elections, Healthcare, Elder Care

Tags: Caregiver relief, caregiver stress, elder care, health care, long term care


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