AARP WA Provides Resources to Care for Family Caregivers
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Family caregivers are providing crucial services, but they also need support. That's why AARP has compiled resources for the people taking care of loved ones.
Washington state has more than 800,000 family caregivers. State Director of AARP Washington Marguerite Ro said caregivers need support in a number of arenas and their resources can provide that help.
"Helps people prepare their home, prepare to care in terms of documentation and just having a plan," said Ro, "or each state office that we have across the country has identified a set of resources and community agencies to help people get connected to the type of care that they need."
AARP Washington has a list of resources on its website. They've also developed a "Caring for Caregivers" video series where Ro speaks with local experts and caregivers.
The resources also are helpful for people because they remain busy despite their duties. New research finds 75% of the Washingtonians were employed while caregiving.
Jeff Ketchel is a member of the so-called sandwich generation, taking care of three children and his mother-in-law in Spokane. Ketchel's wife is a nurse practitioner and he works in public health.
"But even with all this expertise," said Ketchel, "I still say we were not completely prepared for this."
Ro said the vast majority of Washingtonians want to age in their homes.
"In order to do that, we still need additional services and supports to allow them to do that," said Ro, "and that is why we focus on the family caregiver and making sure there is support, but there's much more that's needed."
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