Last summer, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) convened the Virginia Family Caregiver Stakeholder Workgroup to study the issue of family caregiving and to formulate recommendations for improving family caregiving supports and services in the Commonwealth. What we found:
1 in 5 Virginians is a caregiver…
Caregiver relationship to care recipient:
- Adult child: 35%
- Spouse: 13%
Hours of care provided by caregivers:
- 8 hours per week: almost 56%
- 40 hours or more per week: almost 18%
The Commonwealth can no longer relegate family caregivers to a personal or private role without providing more systemic approaches to their education and supports. This link will let you review the report that outlines ten goals and fifteen recommendations to support and grow the capacity of family caregivers to perform critical caregiving tasks.
We need your feedback! Please send your written comments to Liz Havenner at DARS (email@example.com) by May 1st.