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AP-NORC Poll: New Angst for Caregivers in Time of COVID-19 | Health News

By EMILY SWANSON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has thrust many Americans into the role of caring for an older or disabled loved one for the first time, a new poll finds.

And caregivers on the whole say they’re encountering unexpected risks and demands as a result of the virus, requiring greater time and effort. Still, they’re more worried about the relatives and friends they are helping than about themselves.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that 17% of Americans say they are providing ongoing caregiving, part of an informal volunteer corps. About 1 in 10 caregivers has begun since the virus outbreak, and about half of those say they are providing care specifically because of the pandemic.

For Chad Reese, of Canton, Ohio, caregiving has coincided with the pandemic. His mother-in-law moved in with his family shortly before the

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Morristown: Grants Help United Way Provide Free Technology To Family Caregivers

Sept. 4, 2020

Morris County Grants Help United Way Provide Free Technology to Family Caregivers

100 Family Caregivers in Morris and Warren Counties Can Receive Assistive Technology

Assistive technology devices transform the lives of unpaid family caregivers, allowing them peace of mind to work without the fear that something dangerous will happen to their loved ones while they are way.

Following a successful pilot program by United Way of Northern New Jersey, unpaid family caregivers across Morris and Warren counties can apply for 100 grants of assistive technology devices such as smart plugs, video cameras, a video doorbell and a smart speaker connected to a virtual assistant. The initial program gave the devices to 22 unpaid family caregivers across Morris and Essex counties.

Applicants who apply to the United Way for a needs assessment may receive assistive technology and virtual tech support to install and learn how to use the

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Uber creates policies to protect parents, caregivers stuck at home during COVID-19

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Uber is solidifying guidelines it instituted in the spring, guaranteeing parents and caregivers more flexibility while working from home as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, forcing schools and daycares to remain closed. Uber’s new policy, called the Global Caregiver Enhanced Flexibility Policy, is meant to set official protections for employees managing family and work.

The new policy, announced internally Tuesday, will allow Uber employees to skip low-priority meetings as needed and modify their work hours throughout the week. Uber also said people who need to shift their workday, for example if they’re managing homeschooling for their children, will be able to do that too.

“This allows us to set very

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