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A Community of Practice: Santa Barbara

CareMapping Santa Barbara county On April 3rd the first of a series of CareMap workshops commenced in Santa Barbara. The initial workshops were hosted by Family Services Agency (FSA) and supported by the Santa Barbara Foundation. In attendance were social workers, therapists, consumers, and FSA board members – all of them in one way or…

It Takes a Village: How Local Caregiving Efforts Can Have a National Impact

Caregiving is more than just occasionally helping another person — it’s a lifestyle, and in many cases, a full-time job. In the midst of a growing need for caregiving resources nationwide, Santa Barbara County is taking critical steps to help community members first self-identify as caregivers and then reflect on the areas in which they need…

To Achieve a Culture of Health, First We Have to See

In October of 2016, on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Lori Melichar, Director of RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio, invited Atlas of Caregiving founder and CEO Rajiv Mehta to New York City. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports people with bold visions in building a healthy future, or a Culture of Health. Rajiv and the…

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Welcome to Atlas of Caregiving: (re)Launch!

Welcome to our official Atlas of Caregiving (re)launch! Following our successful Pilot Project, we now begin our work as an independent nonprofit organization. We’re energized by the opportunity to continue our partnership with Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), and collaborate with new funders Santa Barbara Foundation and AARP. Since completing our pilot study, and releasing the…

Chantal's Care Network Map from the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot
Averting a Crisis: Funding a Bold Vision of Family Caregiving

For several years we’ve heard the warnings: there’s a looming caregiving crisis. There are not enough caregivers for an aging America. Demographics are shifting — by 2030, twenty percent of the population will be over 65 — while care costs are shifting from health systems and employers to families. As a result, family caregivers are…

Family caregiver Julie smiles broadly while recommending laughing once a day to help those living with chronic illness
A Complex Web: Family Caregiving and Healthcare

“It is tough to be the caregiver for someone else when you have your own significant health issues to monitor and treatments to do throughout the day. The hardest thing has always been when I’ve been in the hospital or on home IV’s round-the-clock. It brings the stark reality of my illness into undeniable territory…

What is the promise of technology for family caregivers Trish and Richard, pictured her with her brother Robert.
The Promise of Technology for Family Caregivers

“There is not one feeling I have all the time. I get frustrated when he’s in his super slow-mode; I am worried about pneumonia when he gets a cough; I am happy when he’s joking around; and I am stressed out when dealing with his dozen or so medications. There are a lot of emotions…

Family caregiver Patty works at her job while caregiving from home
Family Caregivers: Working at Home, Working at Work

Thursday: doctor’s appointment, work, work, work, fight about money (medical bills), collapse, try to recover. That is how Patty and Nate spent the day they participated in the Atlas of Caregiving Pilot Study. College sweethearts who have been together for more than a dozen years, Patty and Nate are both in their 30s, and contending…

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Atlas of Caregiving Pilot Study: What We’ve Learned

“I should show this report to my children so they would have a better idea of all that I do. But, even then, I don’t know if they would really understand.” Ida, a nurse and health coach, and her husband Ian, a retired law professional, enjoyed an active life up until 2010 when Ian was…