Forum Session

Consumer Direction in Long-Term Care: Implications for Caregivers
April 12, 2002


Nora Super


This meeting examined the trend toward consumer-directed long-term care services and the implications for caregivers. Speakers described the range of available consumer-directed approaches and discussed what had been learned from program and research activity. Panelists also considered proposals to pay family caregivers as a means to address widespread shortages in the long-term care workforce.


A. E. (Ted) Benjamin, PhD, Chair, Department of Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles; Sarah Cheney, Deputy Director, Faith in Action, Winston-Salem, NC; William A. B. Ditto, Director, Division of Disability Services, State of New Jersey, Trenton; Lynn Friss Feinberg, Deputy Director, National Center on Caregiving, San Francisco; Mary Ann Wilner, PhD, Director of Health Policy, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Bronx, New York

Related Materials

More information available in the related publication, "Who Will Be There to Care? The Growing Gap betweenCaregiver Supply and Demand" (Background Paper, January 23, 2002).

Other related Forum products include "National Spending for Long-Term Services and Supports" (The Basics, March 15, 2011); Forum sessions on consumer direction and Money Follows the Person (November 7, 2008) and informal caregiving (September 21, 2007); and a background paper on the Aging Services Network.

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