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Path Toward Economic Resilience for Family Caregivers: Mitigating Household Deprivation and the Health Care Talent Shortage at the Same Time

January 1, 2013

This article argues that the unique skills possessed by family caregivers are not being used to the fullest extent in the health care market, which faces a shortage of certain critical jobs, including certified nursing assistants. It describes a possible “path toward economic resilience” (PER) through a program whereby family caregivers could find meaningful employment using their new skills.

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Key Takeaways

Illness can impose significant cost, placing families at risk for economic deprivation or the illness–poverty trap.
Family caregivers often acquire a variety of health care skills that neither they nor the industry typically use.
A PER program could help to address two of the most pressing health care system challenges with one solution.

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