The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) is a partnership with the University of Georgia providing caregiving resources, initiatives and training. The purpose is to help caregivers in all aspects of providing care, and to help them help themselves. According to estimate, some 66 million Americans current provide care for a loved one. Community planners, local governments, and local leaders will want to use the website as a place to learn about caregiving programs in place locally and nationally, to find caregiving resources, and how to receive training/certification.
The U.S. is growing older, and older adults want to “age in place,” which will require millions of more caregivers than we have today. Training, resources, and research on caregiving and caregivers will be crucial to fulfilling the needs of future seniors. This website provides access to relevant information on caregiving.
Website highlights include:
- The Research page focuses on “evidence-based interventions” designed to improve the health and well-being of caregivers. Evidence-based interventions are treatments that are evaluated by outcome evaluations. The Caregiver Intervention Data Base lists ongoing interventions, as well as training materials. The Research page provides links to those universities conducting research and development in the field of caregiving. These may be helpful to planners in establishing local partnerships, or in exploring how evidence-based interventions work and why.
- There is a good listing of existing caregiving programs nationally and within Georgia. For planners looking to foster partnerships or implement fundraising initiatives, this may be a good contact resource.
- The Resources page provides an extensive series of links to caregiver resources. These are different from the aforementioned caregiving programs because they provide information and help for those doing the actual caregiving rather than for specific programs to implement. Aging In America Conference presentations are also available as downloadable pdf documents, and are divided nicely by topics (simply click on the year of the Conference and then on the topic presentation). Finally, the Implementation Tools and Guides pages are all worth exploring, in particular the caregiver assessment and links/resources pages.
How to Use
Local leaders and planners seeking resources, partnerships, or a deeper understanding of evidence-based interventions as a way to help local caregivers should use this site as a starting point. The articles from the Aging In America Conferences, as well as the listing of caregiving programs/links, are well worth a visit.
View website: Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Website