Title: Literature Review of Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in Diverse Communities: Diverse Caregivers
Publication date: November 2023
There are several important cultural elements of caregiving which influence the decision of caregivers to seek help as well as the kind of help they find most useful, with many cultures placing great value in the family caregiver role. Many diverse caregivers do not consider the work they do to be “caregiving,” but rather an expected element of family relationships. Studies of caregiver support utilization have found that White caregivers are more likely to utilize formal support than other groups, although many diverse caregivers do have a desire for formal support and have been shown to utilize it more than White caregivers when they have the opportunity to do so. Black caregivers, who typically report a more positive attitude and greater benefits related to caregiving, have also been found to experience greater benefits from the use of respite care. Many of the barriers to formal caregiver support are also the same as those for HCBS in general.