How can communities help those who take care of others? A new report has some ideas

A new national report looks at family leave and other ways that communities can honor the caregiver journey and help those who take care of others.

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  • cdj Delta, Ut
    June 16, 2019 11:25 p.m.

    I'm wondering if I was to get to that point, if someone should take me up to some mountain without a chute and let me base jump. I really don't want to be a burden to my family. I don't want to enrich the care takers at some assisted living or ICU. When most people get old, most of the money that would go to inheritance goes to the care centers and other medical establishments. At that point, the quality of life is to a point where you should ask if it is important to keep the person alive.... Lets go back 100 to 200 years ago. People would pass away when they should have. Now we are keeping them alive only to finance the hospitals and care centers and the quality of life is marginal. Once a person is at a state where without medical care let them go. Just my opinion, let the kids have some money for inheritance...

  • Angelsings Glendale, AZ
    June 12, 2019 10:42 a.m.

    Sooner or later, this situation will affect most everyone, so, listen up.

  • Pale Bear Orem, UT
    June 12, 2019 8:53 a.m.

    My mom and dad cared for her dad (Alzheimer’s) her mom (stoma and diabetes), his mom (dementia and general orneriness), and his uncle (widowerhood, old age, blindness). Now Mom is caring for my dad (dementia, strokes, mobility issues, incontinence). She just turned 75 and has diabetes and back problems. This has been her life for 30 years and it’s killing her. She gets very little help from local family. We live 350 miles away and can only provide financial and moral support. My dad goes to the VA for medical things but there is no program for what they need right now, which is giving my mom a break from 24/7 care of my dad.

  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, UT
    June 11, 2019 11:15 p.m.

    So glad companies and govt are looking into thus a little more. This is my reality, too. We have cared for my mother in law, who is schizophrenic, from a traumatic brain injury, since we were married 25 yrs ago. Weve since had a daughter, with Down syndrome, who is not very verbal, and therefore, is very vulnerable & 3 other teens. Two years ago, as I was re-entering the workforce, my own father's health began an 8-month decline, and he passed away at 90. My mom is a widow at 83, but I am over with them alot/now just my mom, while kids are at school, taking her to dr appts, helping her or my mother in law, with anything they need. Ive tried to go to work multiple times, only to quit because I am needing to handle any one of these people, while everyone else works. I am glad I can do that, but it has started taking its toll if my own health this paat year. Im trying to maintain balance, and do right by everyone and its difficult.