For Love and Money: Paying Family Caregivers

February 25, 2004


  • Suzanne R. Kunkel
  • Robert A. Applebaum
  • Ian "Matt" Nelson

In this paper we discuss the dilemmas, debates, assumptions, and evidence regarding publicly paid family caregiving,an option that is becoming increasingly available with the growth of consumer direction. Two of the major debates we discuss are: the possible erosion of voluntary and obligatory family care if payment is available, and concerns over quality, fraud, and abuse if agencies are not monitoring services.

(Published in Generations, Winter 2003-2004, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 74-80)

Reprinted with permission from Generations, 27:4, pp. 74-80, Winter. Copyright© 2003-2004. American Society on Aging, San Francisco, California.

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