Caregivers in the United States provide long-term care and support for loved ones who have been incapacitated by accidents, illness, or
Given the size of the task that they face, it may not be a surprise that these caregivers are more likely than others to pursue supportive community services and care options than do other caregivers. However, still only 56% of dementia caregivers use these supportive options (AA & NAC, 2004).
Health Care Reform will bring lots of changes to the services provided for home and community-based care. Among these are:
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