AHCA Joins Caucus to Raise Awareness of the Challenges faced by Family Caregivers
Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is proud to be a charter member of the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) caucus and will be an enthusiastic participant in today’s launch event.
“Providers are in a unique position to understand the value of family involvement in caregiving and the emotional and financial challenges families continually face,” Mark Parkinson, AHCA President and CEO, said. “Family caregiving does not stop at the front door of a care center, though its nature may change to being an advocate for the patient, participating in care planning and implementation, and being a social presence in the life of the resident or patient.”
AHCA members interact with family caregivers who may be using respite care services or who are actively involved with a loved one residing at a care center or in another setting. In ever-increasing numbers, families are welcoming home a loved one who has rehabilitated at a post-acute care center after recovering from surgery (such as hip or knee replacement) or other procedure at a hospital. Oftentimes, recovery continues at home where care professionals closely support the family.
By supporting family caregivers, all ACT caucus members can positively affect care quality and quality of life for persons receiving care at home or in any health care setting. For this reason AHCA applauds the ACT caucus’ goal of bringing greater visibility to the value of and need to support family caregivers.
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represents more than 13,700 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.