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From Home Alone to the CARE Act: Collaboration for Family Caregivers

The 2012 report Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation, broke new ground by uncovering the complex medical/ nursing tasks that family caregivers are performing with little guidance or support. The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act rapidly translated that research into state policies across most of the nation—with 39 states and territories having enacted it thus far, in just three years. The swift speed of this policy adoption signals a recognition by state policymakers of significant unmet family caregiver needs.

Now, the Home Alone AllianceSM is focusing on moving policy into practice by identifying innovative practices and creating instructional resources for family caregivers and the professionals who support them.

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