State Responsibilities to Support Rural Caregiving: The Georgia Example

  • Maria GreeneEmail author
  • Molly M. Perkins
  • Kathy Scott
  • Cliff Burt
Part of the Caregiving: Research, Practice, Policy book series (CARE)


A number of key factors that limit the quality and use of formal community-based services in rural communities are documented in the literature. These barriers include a lack of program funding, an inadequate workforce supply, the geographic distance between service-providers and clients, and caregivers’ reluctance to use formal services and their lack of awareness and understanding about available services (Infeld, 2004; Morgan et al., 2002). Rural caregivers are less likely to use most formal services that might assist them in their caregiving efforts, supporting the overall observation that services are less available in rural areas (Easter Seals and National Alliance for Caregiving, 2006).


Focus Group Family Caregiver Compassion Fatigue Respite Care Senior Center 
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 The authors would like to acknowledge Beverly Littlefield, Mary Ball, and Robert Adelman for helpful feedback on an earlier version of this manuscript.

We also wish to thank Michael Lepore, Ramani Sambhara, Keisha Jackson, and Mary Ball, researchers at the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, who participated in the Consumer-Directed Care Evaluation Study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Greene
    • 1
    Email author
  • Molly M. Perkins
    • 2
  • Kathy Scott
    • 3
  • Cliff Burt
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Aging ServicesGeorgia Department of Human ResourcesAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health EducationRollins School of Public Health at Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Programs Assisting Community Elderly, Inc.RoswellUSA

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