The vast majority of older adults and people with disabilities receive care and support from family members, and others from direct care workers. Both are critical components of the nation’s long-term care system.

NCOA Position

NCOA is working with national partners to promote initiatives to assist family caregivers across the lifespan, including adequate appropriations for caregiver programs, development of caregiver assessments, and a refundable tax credit for caregivers.

We’re also supporting efforts to ensure adequate supply and compensation of the direct support workforce, including improved access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Resources

Immigration Reform: Key Issues for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

Explore the issues in this NCOA policy brief, including a fully inclusive road to citizenship, access to health care and long-term services and supports, strengthening the direct care workforce, access to family visas, and the economic benefits of immigration reform.

Recommendations to Improve Data Collection to Monitor, Track, and Evaluate State Approaches to Family Support Services

NCOA in partnership with the Family Support Research and Training Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago released this brief with recommendations to improve data collection on family caregivers and family support services.