On behalf of the 4.7 million family caregivers in our State of California, the CRCs thank you for your support!
Since 1984, the California Caregiver Resource Centers (CRCs) have been the primary organizations serving unpaid family caregivers of adults with dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that cause cognitive impairments. Compared to state and national caregiver data, caregivers served by the CRCs provide more complex and intense care, with 90.4% providing a high level of care. Most caregivers (78.6%) assist with at least one medical/nursing task and 72.9% spend more than 40 hours per week caregiving. Despite these heavy demands, 70% receive no paid help. For families who cannot afford the high price of providing in-home care through an outside agency, services provided by the Caregiver Resource Centers are critical.
The CRCs are asking for a budget request to add $20 million per year which will allow the 11 CRCs to expand their capacities to support families, double the amount of respite grants that are available, provide intensive education and training to 80,000 family caregivers and serve a diverse group of caregivers by offering culturally sensitive and language appropriate services to any caregiver in California who needs support.
As California continues to promote home- and community-based care through the Master Plan for Aging and waiver programs, the importance and needs of family caregivers cannot be overlooked. Alzheimer’s and other dementias increase in an aging society and require healthy and capable caregivers to provide competent care. Please support the CRCs in continuing to provide much-needed services across the State. California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, District 46, is our budget Champion and introduced the budget request on behalf of the CRCs.
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Subject Line: Letter of support for the California Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) 22-23 Budget Request
Dear Honorable Members,
I am respectfully submitting the attached letter of support for the California Caregiver Resource Centers FY 22-23 Budget Request: Building Partnerships and Expanding Capacity to Meet the Goals of the California Master Plan for Aging.
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