In the final installment of a four-part series, we discuss how the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers addresses the stated needs of family caregivers. Check out Part 1 of the series on dementia caregivers, Part 2 on identifying and engaging family caregivers, and Part 3 on direct-care workers.
Caregiving can be a labor of love, but it can also put significant financial, emotional, and mental strains on caregivers. As a result, they often need support to continue providing needed care. According to a study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, approximately 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50 or older in 2015. More than half of all caregivers in 2018 reported that they experienced a decline in their own health that compromised their ability to provide care.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) conducts an annual survey of participants in the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)—the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)—to learn about their need for supports and services. In 2020, RTI International analyzed more than 700 open-ended responses in the 2019 NSOAAP survey to identify major themes, and 63% were related to a need for additional resources. Findings from RTI’s work helped inform the development of ACL’s 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers (NSSFC).