A new study by AARP’s Public Policy Institute offers an amazing glimpse at the valuable role family caregivers provide across North Carolina. Their research finds that family caregivers in the Tar Heel state provided 1.19 billion hours of care — worth an estimated $13.4 billion — to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013.
Helping an adult loved one carry out activities such as bathing, dressing, or preparing meals, means that individual can remain in their home and out of costlier nursing homes.
But the study also underscores the need to for the state to do more to support these family caregivers.
AARP-North Carolina’s Charmaine Fuller Cooper says one simple thing legislators could do is to fully fund the state’s Home and Community Block Grant program.
AARP is also pressing the Senate to pass a study bill (H816) that would evaluate the needs of working family caregivers and their employers. The organization believes the bill is another step to helping control Medicaid costs, while helping caregivers balance their caregiving duties with their jobs and other family obligations.
Fuller Cooper will be our guest this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon. For a preview of that interview, click below. You can read the full study – Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update – here.