The AARP Public Policy Institute has invited KU School of Social Welfare professor Rosemary Chapin to participate in an invitation only AARP Innovation Roundtable: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care. The roundtable will be held in early June in Washington DC.
Chapin was invited because of her research that tracked a longitudinal sample of older adults who applied for nursing facility placement but who remained in the community. The sample was tracked over a five-year period. The study measured their community tenure and use of state funded in-home services (such as Medicaid HCBS services). The results have shown that once diverted, older adults can remain safely in the community for long periods of time, often until death, and have helped to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of state funded community based services.
The purpose of the roundtable is to gain a deeper understanding of the complex medical/nursing tasks family caregivers are providing with very little training and what more is needed to support them. The participants will take an analytical look into the lack of family caregivers in current Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation demonstration programs and discuss the value of including them and potential solutions to incorporate them in the future.