Caregivers are frequently saddled with a complicated array of financial and legal decisions to make in collaboration with or on behalf of their loved ones – from figuring out how to pay for needed healthcare and homecare services to making decisions about their loved ones’ futures. It includes important decisions about their own financial health too – such as a decision about whether to quit a job in order to spend more time caring for a loved one and assessing the long-term financial impact of that decision. Furthermore, caregivers living in rural regions are more likely to experience financial challenges in their roles as caregivers. Financial resources and support for managing finances may be especially useful for caregivers in rural areas (Bouldin, 2018).
The Caregiver Friendly Communities Assessment scores on two factors in this section:
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