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Recognizing the importance of caregivers, DSHS launches new services

 

November 8, 2017



As Washington celebrates National Family Caregiver month, recognizing the incredible work of more than 830,000 Washingtonians who provide care to their loved ones, the Department of Social and Health Services is announcing the availability of new services and supports for caregivers.

“We are so proud to provide these new options to the people of Washington,” said Aging and Long-Term Support Administration Assistant Secretary Bill Moss. “We know most people want to stay at home while they age and their family members want to help them stay at home. We are the first state in the country to support caregivers on this scale and we know it has the potential to truly transform the lives of thousands of people.”

These new services are part of Washington State’s Medicaid Transformation Demonstration and build on the state’s successful Family Caregiver Support Program, administered through local Area Agencies on Aging. Washington’s family caregivers provide an estimated $11 billion in care each year. By supporting unpaid family caregivers, with access to services such as specialized equipment and supplies, training and support groups, and respite and housekeeping, the state is helping older adults remain at home and helping caregivers continue to provide care while prioritizing their own well-being. A similar set of services is also available for older adults who meet the eligibility requirements, but don’t have a family caregiver helping them.

 

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