In Focus Nov 2018

Informal Caregivers: Meaningful Support for People with Disabilities


Informal or family caregivers provide regular care or assistance to family members or friends who have disabilities or health difficulties.  Caregivers may help with transportation, safety concerns, and daily living activities such as preparing meals, personal care, and running errands.

November is National Family Caregiver month.  Promoting self-care and healthy habits for caregivers is important so they, in turn, can help the people they support to be healthier, more independent, and more active in their chosen communities.


1 in 5 adults
act as informal caregivers


4 in 5 care recipients live
in their own home or with a caregiver


1 in 4 caregivers report their own
health as fair or poor

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Policy Options to Support Informal Caregivers

  • Facilitate access to self-advocacy groups and high quality, affordable home supports to allow people to stay in their homes longer and decrease the cost of care in institutions. 
  • Allow flexible working arrangements and creative use of paid leave.  Informal caregivers are an essential support system for many people living in the community and/or aging in place, and most caregivers work outside the home in addition to providing care. 
  • Equip health care providers to assess changes to household dynamics over time to ensure caregivers are supported. 

We want to hear from you! As always, we will use your comments to improve our work.

Data source: 2017 Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports survey by The Arc.

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