OPINION: Family caregivers are key to aging in place

March 21, 2023

Policymakers should make finding and providing care easier for family caregivers and better incorporate and recognize family caregivers and their vital role as part of Alaska’s long-term care network. Paid family caregiving through participant-direction addresses multiple needs: The person who needs care can age in place among friends and family; the family caregiver can earn a modest income for the difficult work he or she performs, which lessens the impact of the caregivers’ lost job hours for the caregiver and the larger economy; the home care workforce is expanded; and it prolongs the use of lower-cost HCBS while delaying or avoiding costly institutionalization. Read the full article.