Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the StewARTworks Foundation, caregiving and palliative care.

What is the StewARTworks Foundation?

The name reflects the purpose of its mission: the artwork of Stewart B. Leavitt, Ph.D. serving as a foundation to support caregivers and families. Through this website and fundraising events, the Foundation provides public awareness of the need for support services for caregivers of palliative care patients being treated for pain. Funds raised through gallery events will help palliative care organizations augment existing services and encourage the development and implementation of new programs and services specifically for family caregivers.

Who are caregivers?

Most of us; anyone handling everyday responsibilities and household tasks, along with medical care, for family members and friends.

Why is it important to provide support and assistance to caregivers?

  • The 65+ population is expected to double to 70 million by 2030, many wishing to remain in their own homes.
  • 44 million Americans, predominately women (70%), provide 37 billion hours of unpaid care every year; 1 in 5 provide more than 40 hours per week of care.
  • The economic value (unpaid contribution) is estimated at $375 billion resulting in a substantial decrease of income and Social Security/pension benefits for the working caregiver.
  • The economic impact on business is $17.1 billion in lost productivity, replacement, absenteeism and workday interruptions.

What is palliative care?

Dictionaries define palliative care as "Relieving or soothing symptoms of a disease or disorder without effecting a cure." Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life for the patient and family. It is provided by a team of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals working together with a primary care physician or specialist. It can be provided at any age and along with curative treatment.

Why is palliative care important?

Two-thirds of an estimated 14 million people in this country with a history of cancer are surviving more than five years after diagnosis, but still suffering from chronic pain and other conditions related to curative treatments.

Acrylic on canvas, n/a, August 2014