Source: Family Caregiver Alliance, 2009
Our nation’s health and long-term care systems face severe challenges. Millions of Americans are uninsured, and millions more with chronic illnesses and disabilities lack the personal resources or access to public programs needed to obtain critical long-term care services. At the heart of these challenges are the nation’s 44 million family caregivers, working under often strenuous circumstances to provide their older or ailing family members, friends, and neighbors the care they need. Yet, if families and friends are to continue in this role as the backbone of our long-term care system, a variety of policy solutions are needed to address person and family-centered care.