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Where would society be without the Family Caregiver? Most of us will become a Family Caregiver with some level of responsibility, and one day we too will require the help of a loved one to become our Family Caregiver.
Family Caregiving should be an honorable and respectful part of family life, and should never become a hardship for anyone caring for another person.
The Risks of Family Caregiving.
• Family caregiving can result in physical and emotional burnout, depression, long term ill health with loss of life years earlier than non-caregivers.
• Loss of employment, wages, employment advancement, pension contributions, paid vacation time, medical leave and medical insurance.
• Increased financial burden caused by loss of income and the accumulation of a loved one’s medical costs, resulting in loss of retirement savings, cash flow, assets, bankruptcy and poverty.
• Stress placed on relationships in marriage, family and friendships, resulting in isolation and loneliness.
• Vulnerable to homelessness for full-time Family Caregivers whose income ends with the passing of their spouse.
Our Mission for Family Caregivers.
• Advocate for Family Caregiver employment protection standards.
• Advocate for federally sponsored Caregiver Resource Centers, to provide educational and training programs for in-home care and long-term care, medical and social programs, support programs and counseling services.
• Advocate for a federally funded national family caregiver benefit program to compensate full-time, long term Family Caregivers who are unable to work while caring for a loved one at home.
• Advocate for a federal “hardship burden” tax credit to offset the high cost of medical and long term care services for families with low income and asset levels.
• Provide support for Family Caregivers through website articles and resources, on-line surveys, and interaction with other Family Caregivers.
• To encourage a unity among Family Caregivers, to share skills and knowledge with each new generation of Family Caregivers.
• To change the public’s perception on family caregiving as an honorable and important responsibility within society, and to ensure the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of all Family Caregivers are protected from exploitation and hardship.
Evexandra S. HyltonQuartz
Xahnia (sounds like Zaun’ ya)
Family Caregiver Advocate