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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Americans Giving care to Elders (AGE) Act of 2012, which increases funding for the National Family Caregiver Program and implements a tax credit program to help caregivers with the difficult task of helping a frail elder remain in their own home.
Sen. Klobuchar recognizes that a tax credit and increased funding for the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) that funds adult day services and in-home care are cost effective approaches to help caregivers succeed in their goal of caring for a loved one in their own home.
The National Family Caregiver Program has been an underfunded part of the Older Americans Act for many years. It pays for less costly long-term services and supports, and ultimately reduces the need for more expensive care.
This important legislation also implements the National Resource Center on Family Caregiving, which will be an important resource on best practices for states, agencies and caregivers concerning best practices for caring for an elder at home.
Caregivers are the backbone of service delivery for elders with chronic diseases. Thirty-one percent of U.S. households have at least one person that has served as an unpaid caregiver within the last 12 months.