TCARE® receives Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award

Rosalynn-Carter-Leadership-AwardOLYMPIA – The Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A), along with its partners, Rhonda Montgomery, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, recently received the 2010 Rosalynn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award. This recognition demonstrates the efforts being made to support family caregivers, who were honored across this country during November’s National Family Caregiver Month.

The Leadership in Caregiving Award is the highest award given in the caregiving field and was presented at the Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) National Caregiving Summit on October 21st in Americus, Georgia. “This year’s competition was the fiercest ever”, said Laura Granberry, Director of National Initiatives, RCI for Caregiving. “Award winning partnerships reflect best practices in providing effective caregiver supports.” The award, sponsored by RCI and Johnson and Johnson, recognizes leadership in implementing innovative partnerships between community organizations and caregiving researchers that bridge the gap between science and practice.

Roy Walker, Executive Director of the Olympic Area Agency on Aging and Chair of W4A, accepted on behalf of the Association. He noted that, “As the representative of the 13 Area Agencies on Aging in Washington State, I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award. I am very proud of the work we have done to support our family caregivers, the true heroes of our communities. Implementing the evidence-based TCARE® protocol has enabled us to support caregivers with the right interventions at the right time.”

The Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE®) protocol provides a process for identifying those family caregivers most in need and tailoring resources and service interventions to provide them with the right service at the right time. The DSHS Aging and Disability Services Administration, which funds the AAAs and nominated their two partners for this award, worked closely with both partners to customize and automate the TCARE® tool and develop statewide policies to prepare for statewide implementation within the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP).

In early 2010 all of the 13 Area Agencies on Aging representing every county in the state began implementing TCARE®. To date, 2,500 family caregivers have participated in the caregiver screenings or assessments and consultative process. This intervention is a component of the state- funded FCSP, which supports some of the state’s 600,000 unpaid family caregivers who provide essential care to adults with disabling conditions.

Mrs. Carter presented the winners with both a statuette designed by Frank Eliscu (creator of the Heisman Trophy) and a check for $20,000. This special cash award is to support the team’s efforts in implementing effective caregiver interventions at the community level.