In July 2017, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) convened the Virginia Family Caregiver Stakeholder Workgroup to study the issue of family caregiving and to formulate recommendations for improving family caregiving supports and services in the Commonwealth.
What we found:
1 in 5 Virginians is a caregiver…
Caregiver relationship to care recipient:
- Adult child: 35%
- Spouse: 13%
Hours of care provided by caregivers:
- 8 hours per week: almost 56%
- 40 hours or more per week: almost 18%
The Workgroup concluded that the Commonwealth can no longer relegate family caregivers to a personal or private role without providing more systemic approaches to their education and supports. It also issued a report which outlines ten goals and fifteen recommendations to support and grow the capacity of family caregivers to perform critical caregiving tasks.
The Workgroup published their report in September 2018. If you would like to review the Family Caregiver Report with the DARS Analysis and Workplan, please follow this link.