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Family Caregivers Saving Washington Billions

July 2, 2007

Family caregivers may not get paid to take care of their loved ones, but the value of the care they provide is worth billions. A new study from AARP estimates the economic value of caregivers in Washington at over seven billion dollars a year. Jason Erskine with AARP Washington says family caregivers are the backbone of long-term care in the state.

“Their contributions can often delay or even prevent more costly nursing home care, and that can have a positive impact on our state Medicaid budget. And these are costs that would likely have to be picked up by Washington taxpayers.”

Last session, Washington lawmakers approved a two million dollar increase to the state Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides support services including respite care to give family members a needed break.

Erskine notes that nearly a fifth of all U.S. workers are family caregivers, and that can put a big strain on their jobs, wages and families.

“It's important for both the state and the federal government to recognize the enormous contributions made by family caregivers.”

The study is online at

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WA