Save the Date for Giving Tuesday!

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday! On November 27, 2018, the Arizona Caregiver Coalition will join thousands of organizations around the globe to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global campaign to support non-profit organizations, and we hope you will join us. When you make your plans for special shopping days in November, please consider making a gift to support our work. Many family caregivers give freely of their time and energy to support a family member. We ask that you give a gift to help support them. Caregivers often they don’t get any time for themselves. The Arizona Caregiver Coalition helps: we make grants to families for respite in adult day centers. The caregiver gets a break and the care recipient gets a day of activities […]

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Important Questions to Ask Your Home Care Agency

Five things that families should consider when hiring a caregiver to ensure a safe and optimal care experience for their parents or loved ones: Important Questions to Ask Your Home Care Agency 1. How do you screen your caregivers for safety? A responsible, credible home care agency in California always conducts a thorough screening and background check of its caregivers before sending them into a client’s home. In addition to Home Care Aide (HCA) mandated certification and Department of Justice fingerprinting and background checks, the best home care agencies go further by screening for DMV driving records, drug testing, and abiding by strict minimum-age requirements. 2. How do you train your caregivers and verify their skills? Caregivers should have a solid foundation of training, such as how to […]

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We will #SaveADA!

  H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act Tool Kit   Congress is about to vote on a bill that would strip away the civil rights of people with disabilities.  H.R. 620, also known as the “ADA Notification” bill, is scheduled to be voted on at 9 am Thursday Feb. 15. H.R. 620 would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and make it harder for people with disabilities to participate in the mainstream of society. This bill would remove any consequence for businesses with architectural barriers that violate the ADA unless and until a person with a disability provides them with a legal notice detailing how the business has violated the law.  After that, the person with a disability would have to wait […]

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AZ AARP 2018 Day at the Legislature

Want to give a state legislator a piece of you mind? In a nice way, of course. Sign up for AZ AARP 2018 Day at the Legislature. The nonpartisan, outdoor luncheon is January 30, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the Capitol lawn, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ. If you’ve participated before, AARP needs you back. If this is your first foray into citizen lobbying, AARP staff and volunteers will be there to guide you along. These are some of AZ AARP’s top priorities for the 2018 legislative session: long-term home health care, caregiver tax credits and respite programs, stopping surprise medical bills, property tax relief, protecting elders from money scams, and keeping utility rates low and government pensions strong. Arizona’s 2018 Day at […]

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The High Cost of Being a Caregiver

The growth of the U.S. retiree population means that more Americans than ever will need family members and friends to provide help with daily activities. But taking on the role of caregiver provides emotional and financial strains that most adults are not prepared for, according to a new study by Merrill Lynch. The report, done in conjunction with the research firm Age Wave, provides a rare, in-depth look at the challenges people face during this demanding life stage. A ‘Caregiving Crunch’ According to the research, 40 million Americans already act as caregivers for someone they know. However, the report raises the possibility of a “caregiving crunch” in the years ahead, as the massive post-war generation encounters greater health challenges. It points out that the oldest […]

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Caregiver, I’ve Got 2. Can I do (this) for you?

We’ve been asking wrong from the beginning. “Hey, let me know how I can help,” you say sincerely. “No, I am fine,” replies the family caregiver.   Sound familiar? The problem is that the caregiver is overwhelmed and doesn’t realize how you can help because they are singularly focused on providing the best possible care for their loved one.  (Let’s be honest — loved one may be a stretch in some cases.) Additionally, caregivers seldom self-identify as a caregiver or someone who needs help.  They may see your assistance as defeat or a sign of weakness. November is Family Caregiver Month which makes it the perfect time to find a caregiver and suggest ways to potentially make their life a little easier. The best part […]

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Arizona’s State Plan on Aging survey

Every four years the State of Arizona is required by the Older Americans Act, to develop a strategic plan for its aging citizens, in order to receive funding for the vital local services, such as transportation, elder abuse, the Ombudsman program and other programs covered under that Act. Therefore, as part of the needs assessment gathering process, information gathered by this survey, along with information gathered in other forums, will provide vital insight to identifying  the needs and issues facing aging Arizonans and their caregivers, moving forward for the years 2019 through 2022. The survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete this survey. Please share the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/State_Plan_on_Aging  with individuals or any collaborating, partner agencies that you may be affiliated with, work with regularly, […]

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So you want to get paid to take care of Grandma?

We are often asked the question about being “paid” to be a caregiver to someone in need. The Arizona Caregiver Coalition or Department of Economic Security Division of Aging and Adult Services does NOT offer any type of program or service by which a caregiver will be paid to care for a spouse, relative, neighbor, other loved one or another person. The only organization that has such a plan in place is the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS), this program is the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s state Medicaid System. In order to potentially be eligible for this program, the care recipient must already be receiving or is eligible to receive benefits and services under ALTCS programs and services.  To be eligible, […]

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Montana’s CARE Act goes into effect.

Montanans who provide unpaid care for family members or friends will have more tools to do that work thanks to a new state law. State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved House Bill 163, the Montana Caregiver Act, during this year’s legislative session. It went into effect Oct. 1. “It acknowledges that we have a strong army of friends and family that help people when they’re in need,” said Claudia Clifford, advocacy director for AARP Montana. The new law states all hospital patients must have the opportunity to select a family caregiver. If a patient with a designated caregiver is released, the hospital will be required to meet with that person. They’ll provide information about what kind of care the patient will need at home. In some cases, they’ll even […]

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