ID officials recognize critical role of family caregivers
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Idaho officials are holding an event in the capitol to recognize family caregivers during National Family Caregiver Month. Lieutenant Governor Scott Bedke is reading a proclamation signed by Governor Brad Little in the Capitol Rotunda today.
Francoise Cleveland, associate state director of advocacy, AARP Idaho, said family caregivers often don't recognize the vital role they play.
"They sacrifice their time, their health and their financial stability to provide that care and support, and often this is a labor of love," Cleveland said.
Cleveland added that family caregivers are crucial for ensuring people stay in their homes as they age, which is the option many prefer. There are about 210,000 caregivers in Idaho, according to data from AARP.
Deneice Anderson, a family caregiver in Idaho taking care of her 82 year old mother, said it can be difficult to balance the assistance her mom needs with her own needs.
"She had a gal hit her car one day and so I'm the one that's doing the insurance work for that. And I take her to her appointments - and I work full time," she explained.
Cleveland says AARP Idaho has legislative priorities for the 2024 session that could help improve caregivers' lives.
"We will be working on addressing the shortage of direct care workers in Idaho, protecting vulnerable adults from financial exploitation, ensuring health care is available through Medicaid and working to update the guardianship and conservatorship statutes," Anderson said.
The 2024 legislative session is scheduled to begin on January 8th.
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