According to the 2020 Caregiving in the U.S. report, an estimated 53 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months. That is an increase of almost 10 million people since 2015. In Wisconsin, 580,000 family caregivers provide an estimated $6.9 billion worth of care annually. These caregivers not only provide selfless care for their loved ones but they also make an important contribution to the communities in which they live.
The WFACSA is celebrating Family Caregiver Month this year with four theme weeks, focusing on the contributions of different members of the caregiver population. Each week we will host an event that focuses on different segments of caregiving. (Click to go to the corresponding event page.)
Week 2: Employed Family Caregivers
Week 3: Caregivers Across the Lifespan: From teenagers to seniors in their 80’s & 90’s
Week 4: Long Distance Family Caregivers
Watch for daily Facebook posts on the Wisconsin's Family Caregiver Support Program’s Facebook page to participate in the "Challenge/Question of the Day" and get your name entered in a drawing for 2-$25 Amazon gift cards donated by Respite Care Association of Wisconsin! The more you play, the more times your name is entered!
The Wisconsin Family & Caregiver Support Alliance is proud to support the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Caregiving which are spelled out in their recently issued report. Included in the recommendations are 16 proposals to support and strengthen the direct care workforce, increase access to needed care, enhance supports for family caregivers, and improve the quality of caregiving. Read the full report to learn more.
Please refer to the document, Guidance for Family Caregivers for helpful strategies during the crisis. For up-to-date and accurate information about COVID-19, please refer to the DHS COVID-19 Website and the CDC Website.