Virginia Convenes Caregiving Stakeholders
October 31, 2017
Thanks to the tireless work of MS activists during the 2017 legislative session, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) has launched a Family Caregiver Stakeholder Group. The Stakeholders will produce a report on caregiving. The report will be presented to the Governor in 2019, with policy options suggested to increase supports for the 1 million family caregivers in Virginia.
Currently, Virginia does not have a complete inventory of programs and resources for individuals performing unpaid caregiving services for a family member, friend, or neighbor who is aging or living with a disability. There is also a growing need for affordable services such as respite care and activities of daily living.
As a part of her role with the Society, Ashley Kenneth chairs the Virginia Caregiver Coalition. The 200-member Caregiver Coalition also supported convening stakeholders. About this effort to study caregiving, Ashley said, “Continuously asking for state funding went nowhere, legislators want and need to know the caregiving landscape, identifying existing resources and determining solutions to address gaps in services and supports. Thanks to Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn and Commisioner James Rothrock and Director Marcia Dubois of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services we will now be able to provide Virginians the information they need to care for their loved ones.”
Read more about the Society’s position on the Virginia Caregiver Taskforce.