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Resources by Topic: Informal caregivers

Resources for Caregiving in Rural Communities
Policy brief describing national and state-level resources being used to support unpaid caregivers in rural areas. Information was gleaned from journal articles, websites, and interviews with 41 informants representing providers, academics, advocacy groups, and others.
Author(s): Megan Lahr, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Perspectives on Rural Caregiving Challenges and Interventions
Policy brief describing challenges and opportunities to support unpaid caregivers in rural areas, based on 34 interviews with 41 key informants, from October 2017 through February 2018. Highlights work that informal caregivers are doing and identifies policy levers that have been used to support them.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Megan Lahr
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Using Telehealth to Improve Home-Based Care for Older Adults and Family Caregivers
Describes consumer perspectives and policy concerns with telehealth. Includes examples of home telehealth strategies, potential benefits and challenges, and discussion of home telehealth coverage in federal and state programs, including the Veterans Health Administration, Medicaid, and Medicare.
Author(s): Winifred V. Quinn, Ellen O'Brien, Gregg Springan
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Interdisciplinary Clinical Video - Telehealth for Geriatrics and Dementia
Highlights the development, implementation, and evaluation of an interdisciplinary telehealth program designed to help caregivers provide coordinated care for aging rural veterans suffering from dementia. Discusses the interdisciplinary team model comprised of social workers, geriatricians, primary care providers, and rural caregivers coordinating to maintain a uniform level of care. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to education and caregiver support, as well as the ability of providers to prescribe medication to rural patients.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Caregiving in the U.S. 2015
A national profile of unpaid family caregivers. Section M, Respondent Profile, includes demographic and other information by location of caregiver and care recipient residence for urban/suburban and rural areas.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Alliance for Caregiving
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Care Consultation Distances to Potential Caregivers: Weighted Population Estimates
Examines the population distributions in six North Dakota consultation areas served by care consultants at the Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP).
Author(s): Marilyn G Klug, Mandi-Leigh Peterson
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Respite for Rural Family Caregivers: Overcoming the Challenges
Discusses care recipients and their caregivers who live in rural and frontier areas. Offers suggestions to assist family caregivers, respite providers and administrators, and Lifespan Respite grantees in finding or developing respite resources.
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
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North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program (DCSP): Caregivers’ Attributes and Service Use
Discusses the North Dakota Dementia Care Services Program which works to increase caregiver knowledge about dementia and caregiving, and decrease caregiver stress. Number 2 in a four-part series.
Author(s): Marilyn Klug
Date: 10/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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Caregivers of Veterans: Serving on the Homefront
Assesses the needs of caregivers of veterans from combat eras dating from World War II to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Includes data on small towns and rural areas.
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Alliance for Caregiving
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Home Health Services Taking Hold in Rural Areas
Describes how the growth of home health services and related technological advances help people live in their rural homes.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2009(Winter)
Date: 02/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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