The following news items were posted on the BHIC Blog.
Good News for Caregivers
http://bit.ly/geJyEd (pdf file)
About 52 million Americans take care of a spouse, a child, a parent, or another loved one at some point over the course of the year. The Affordable Care Act has good news for these millions of informal caregivers: It includes several measures that will mean more support for them, as well as improved quality of care and more protections for the seniors and people with disabilities that they care for.To help caregivers navigate these provisions, Families USA produced The Health Care Law: Good News for Caregivers. This piece outlines how the health care law will help consumers and caregivers make more informed decisions about long-term care options, build the long-term care workforce, and improve quality and safety for seniors and people with disabilities. The document also articulates how advocates can work with their states and Congressional delegations to build on the law’s foundation. For a more in-depth explanation of all the programs that will be created or improved by the Affordable Care Act to help caregivers and their loved ones, please see the brief, The Affordable Care Act: Provisions that Will Help Caregivers http://bit.ly/g35bRG (PDF file)
Long-Term Care is Newest Topic on NIHSeniorHealth Site
What is long-term care and will I need it? If I do need long-term care services, where can I find them? Are
there things I should be doing now to plan ahead? Older adults and their loved ones can find easy-to-understand answers to these and other questions by visiting Long-Term Care, the newest topic on NIHSeniorHealth,
the health and wellness website for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.