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International Approaches to Family Caregiver Support: Lessons for the United States

Hughes, Meredith (2017) International Approaches to Family Caregiver Support: Lessons for the United States. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The issue of family caregiver support is highly relevant to public health. Each year in the U.S., family caregivers provide billions of dollars of uncompensated care to disabled elderly relatives and parents, while at the same time, risking a detrimental impact on their own physical, mental, social, and financial health. Finding effective policy approaches to support family caregivers is a large piece of the puzzle for long-term care in the United States. This essay examines whether innovative international approaches to family caregiver support could inform and advance current U. S. policy. The study focuses on legal recognition of caregiver status in Belgium and the mandatory caregiver assessment in the United Kingdom (UK). Formal legal caregiver recognition would allow U.S. policymakers to leverage the existing policy infrastructure at the state and federal level to support family caregivers, potentially providing a mechanism for greater employment flexibility, tax benefits, and formal recognition of the economic contributions of caregiving. The UK approach to caregiver assessment provides a model for caregiver well-being, goals, and supports to be integrated into long-term care planning in a more structured way.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hughes, Meredithmlh132@pitt.eduMLH132
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVan Nostrand, Elizabethevannostrand@pitt.eduevannostrandUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberCrossley, Marycrossley@pitt.educrossleyUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberJames, Everetteaejames@pitt.eduaejamesUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2017
Date Type: Submission
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 15:01
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2023 10:55


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