How the US Will Revamp Family Caregiver Support

October 13, 2022

Family caregivers are the lowest cost setting of care, as a result, the government has unveiled the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. This program includes about 350 federal programs to help the 53 million family caregivers.

“The value of family caregiving is estimated to be about $470 billion per year. If these family caregivers were to suddenly disappear, the health care system as we know it likely would be on the hook for that additional $470 billion of support and service,” Greg Link, director of the Office for Supportive and Caregiver Services at ACL told Hospice News. “We have an opportunity through some of the data, research, and actions that are in the strategy to get closer to understanding the real dollar value of caregiving, and also what a relatively small investment in supporting caregivers could ultimately save the health care system.”

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