Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers: Spotlight on Volunteers of America Minnesota-Wisconsin

Nearly one in four older adults dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid has Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia,[1] and dually eligible older adults have higher rates of chronic conditions than Medicare-only beneficiaries. [2] Caring for individuals with dementia and other chronic conditions often involves significant physical, emotional, and financial support from family members. To meet the needs of family caregivers, providers and health plans may benefit from strategies for supporting caregivers through services such as respite services, counseling, and training and education.

Family caregivers come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and health plans report challenges providing supports that meet their cultural needs and preferences. [3] This Spotlight, showcasing Volunteers of America Minnesota-Wisconsin (MN-WI), is part of a series highlighting innovative programs supporting diverse family caregivers.

Click here to access the Spotlight on Volunteers of America Minnesota-Wisconsin.

References

[1] The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) (January 2018). Data Book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Retrieved from:https://www.macpac.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Jan18_MedPAC_MACPAC_DualsDataBook.pdf

[2] Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (2018). Medicare fee-for-service and managed care enrollment, CY 2013. Retrieved from https://www.macpac.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Jan18_MedPAC_MACPAC_DualsDataBook.pdf#page=57

[3] Reinhard, S., et al. (2017). Emerging Innovations in Managing Long-term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers. AARP Public Policy. Retrieved from:http://www.longtermscorecard.org/~/media/Microsite/Files/2017/2017%20Scorecard/AARP1202_EI_EmerInnovationLTSS_Oct31v2.pdf 

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