How can we enhance the work we do with and on behalf of the family caregivers who are so vital to our system of long-term services and supports? How can we enhance the work we do with and on behalf of the family caregivers who are so vital to our system of long-term services and supports? There are multiple ways, and no single set of services or supports fits all.
In a free, one-hour webinar, Scripps researchers Kathryn McGrew and Jennifer Heston will present a four-part strategy for family caregiver respite and support designed to sustain optimal care at home. "Based on our research on caregiver support innovations, we offer a way of thinking about caregiver respite and support that will enhance the way you organize, implement, and evaluate those supports."
The webinar will be useful to all who work with or on behalf of family caregivers, either through programs that directly target caregivers (for example, caregiver support programs) or that indirectly impact caregivers (for example, home care services). Using case vignettes to illustrate our ideas, we will also invite comments and questions at the close of the webinar.
Kathryn B. McGrew, MSW, PhD
Senior Research Scholar
Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology and Gerontology
Kathryn is active in qualitative and evaluation research in long-term care and decision making in later life. Her research includes explorations of individual and family long-term care planning and decision making; family caregiving; quality of caregiver support services; the Aging Network, and evaluation of formal services, consumer direction, and quality of care. Dr. McGrew’s research has been supported by the Administration for Community Living, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, Indiana’s LifeTime Resources, and MetLife Mature Market Institute. Most recently she has led projects designed to promote and sustain person-and family-centered care at home, including the development and evaluation of “What Matters Most: A Guide for My Support and Care,” and the development and evaluation of caregiver assessment and support plans for Ohio’s home-and community-based Medicaid waiver programs.
Jennifer L. Heston, MSW, LISW-S
PhD Candidate, Miami University
Jennifer began her elder care career in 1983 as a volunteer activity assistant and later as a state-tested nursing assistant in a skilled nursing setting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Miami University and a Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. Her 20 years of social work practice include experience in adult protective services, hospice, home- and community-based services, skilled nursing, rehabilitation discharge planning, and assisted living. Jennifer is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Gerontology at Miami University. Her primary research interest is evaluation of aging programs and policy and she has been engaged in projects with the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging with a focus on informal caregivers and caregiver assessment.