With the changing health care landscape and state population, South Carolina must create a system to support, educate and train family caregivers.

Community-based providers such as direct-care workers, family caregivers and behavioral health workers (among others) have customarily taken a backseat to other health care providers in terms of funding, support, visibility and inclusion in care teams. Yet, the demand for both in-home caregivers and home health aides are projected to increase sharply over the next 10 years as our state’s elderly and medically complex population continues to grow.