·Nearly 25% of all American adults
currently provide daily companionship or assistance to a parent or older loved
·Approximately 60% of family
caregivers are women.
·The typical family caregiver
is a 46-year-old woman caring for her widowed mother who does not live with
her. She is married and employed.
·An estimated 88% of
married individuals report their spouse as their key caregiver.
·Approximately 37% of
family caregivers spend more than 40 hours a week providing care, and 30% spend
20 to 39 hours per week doing so.
·Nearly seven in 10 (69%)
family caregivers spend less time with family and friends since becoming
·Approximately 62% of
family caregivers who work have had to make some adjustments to their work
life, from reporting late to work to giving up work entirely.
·Nine in 10 family
caregivers (91%) surveyed - all in fair/poor health - suffer from depression,
and eight in 10 (81%) of those with depression report that care giving had made
their depression worse.
·A wife's hospitalization
increased her husband's chances of dying within a month by 35%. A husband's
hospitalization boosted his wife's mortality risk by 44%.
·Extreme stress can take
as much as 10 years off a family caregiver's life.
·Family caregivers report
having a chronic condition at more than twice the rate of non-caregivers.
been the primary caregiver for my terminally ill father, I know very well how
difficult it can be to entrust another person to help shoulder some of that
outlined above, however, illustrate just how important it is to find a high
quality provider of Respite or Home Care Services if you are in that role, and
allow them to support you and your family during this difficult time.
for a loved one with profound health issues or simply the progressive changes
associated with the aging process is a very draining experience.It takes time and energy away from
other facets of the care givers life – all too often the very activities that
once provided a social outlet and a fun diversion from the hectic lives we all
live.Arranging for a Home Care
provider to relieve the family caregiver, allowing them time to attend to their
own needs and rejuvenate it very important.
phase that is often used among parents of young children that the quality of
time shared is more important than quantity of time and this translates as well
to the task of family care giving.By giving yourself permission to take time away and invest in your own
well being, you are in fact giving your loved one a much better care giving
experience.Providing them with a
well qualified Home Care provider in your absence also serves to widen their
companionship and social interaction experiences and is a nice change of pace
for all involved.
- National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP: Caregiving in the U.S. (2004) - U.S. Census Bureau: 65+ in the United States (2005) - Evercare: Evercare Study of Caregivers in Decline: A Close-up Look at the
of Caring for a Loved One (www.evercarehealthplans.com, 2006) - New England Journal of Medicine (2006) - Peter S. Arno: Economic Value of Informal Caregiving (2006)