The Caregiver Project

The Caregiver Project

Project Period: 09/01/2016 - 08/31/2018       PIs: Rich Schulz, PhD and Everette James, JD, MBA
Funding Source: Stern Family Foundation and the Emily Kelly Roseburgh Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
Researchers: Bonnie Anton, Scott Beach, Johanna Bellon, Becky Faett, Connie Feiler, Cassie Leighton, Grant Martsolf, James Redmond, Mary Roberge, Juleen Rodakowski, Beth Fields

Informal caregivers play an increasingly important role in providing health care for millions of chronically ill and disabled older Americans. Their role allows people to age in place at home and shorten hospital and skilled nursing facility stays. Western Pennsylvania healthcare providers, employers, and communities collaborated to meaningfully improve the lives and health of informal caregivers and their care recipients through this project.

The overall goal was to systematically gather and translate research evidence into sound policy and practice improvements, and to disseminate findings that inform and engage policymakers, practitioners, and key stakeholders to take action. To accomplish this goal, the project had three aims:

- Aim 1: Determine factors that place family caregivers of older adults at risk for poor emotional and physical health.

- Aim 2: Comprehensively assess economic and health risks and unmet needs among family caregivers in Western Pennsylvania

- Aim 3: Evaluate the implementation of the CARE Act in Western Pennsylvania hospitals and its impact on caregivers and care receipients

Resulting Publications: