If you provide home care in El Dorado County for an aging family member, you may feel isolated at times. The fact is, though, that many Americans are in your shoes. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, here are seven surprising statistics about family caregivers.
1. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), 29 percent of United States adults care for an ill or aging relative. That percentage represents 65.7 million people.
2. About 90 percent of elder care is provided by unpaid family caregivers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The value of these free services is estimated at $375 billion annually by the NAC.
3. An estimated 66 percent of in-home caregivers are female, with an average age of 48. According to the NAC, approximately one-third of these women care for more than one family member. The average age of a caregiver caring for a person older than age 65 is 63.
4. The CDC says that the average family caregiver spends more than $5,000 out of pocket each year on costs related to care for his or her family member.
5. More than half of those who are cared for by a family member still live independently at home (51 percent), while 29 percent live with their caregiver, and 4 percent live in an nursing home or assisted living facility, according to the AARP.
6. According to a Gallup poll, 55 percent of family caregivers have been taking care of their relative for more than three years. These individuals spend about 19 days a month on average caring for their relatives.
7. In an AARP study, more than half of family caregivers reported performing medical or nursing care, like wound care, ostomy skin care, medication management, and incontinence treatment in addition to tasks of daily living like bathing, feeding, and dressing.
Balancing your loved one’s care needs with your own responsibilities can be challenging to say the least. To ensure the quality of care your loved one receives remains high, turn to Home Care Assistance. We provide respite care in El Dorado County, providing seniors with professional, compassionate care while family caregivers relax, recharge, or tend to personal needs. Call a friendly Care Manager at (916) 358-3801 and schedule a free in-home consultation.