The Face of Caregiving

Caregiving in the U.S.

Caregiving in the U.S.

The face of the family caregiver is changing. According to a new joint study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, it's getting more diverse and more stressed out. The profile of the "typical" family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman with an average household income of $54,700. Other factors include:

  • 85% of caregivers provide care for a relative.
  • 49% care for a parent or one of their in-laws.
  • One in 10 provides care for a spouse.
  • Those who spend at least 21 hours per week in caregiving say they've been doing it for an average of 51/2 years and expect to continue for at least 5 more.

The Toll of Elder Care

This is wearing many of these caregivers down emotionally and financially, especially if the person for whom they are caring lives more than an hour away. These so-called "high hour" caregivers say they have trouble finding affordable services such as delivered meals, transportation and in-home health services.

Some surprising findings of "Caregiving in the U.S. 2015" are:

  • Nearly a quarter of the country's caregivers are now millennials between the ages of 18 and 34. This group is equally divided between men and women.
  • More men are entering the caregiving ranks. They currently represent 40 percent of family caregivers, and according to the study they're now providing an average 23 hours a week in support.
  • Older caregivers, ages 75 and up, bear a big burden. They're usually the sole support for the person for whom they're caring.

Nearly 1 in 10 caregivers is 75 years of age or older One of the study's sponsors says: "We're especially concerned that not enough is done to support family caregivers in the public or private sector as they age." Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving says, "There's a double-edged sword when we fail to support caregivers, because we put both the caregiver and the care recipient at risk."

The compiled report used online interviews with more than 1,200 caregivers ages 18 or older. The report defined caregiver as one who provides unpaid care to a relative or friend over the age of 18. Duties include helping with personal needs or household chores, managing a person's finances, arranging for outside help or checking up on the person to see how they are doing.

The study shows about 34.2 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12 months. Penrose Senior Care Auditors can help relieve some of the stress for caregivers of seniors by being there when the caregiver can't be. Our Auditors visit seniors in their homes, whether a private home or senior living community. We offer an affordable 7-Factor Senior Care Audit with visits scheduled by the family.

The audit ensures the residence is clean, there's food in the pantry and the loved-one is free of the signs of physical abuse and neglect. Using the Penrose Technology Platform (beta) we offer real-time results sent to as many e-mail addresses as you provided by the family. Penrose Senior Care Auditors-Certified are the Best.

Source: 2015 Report: Caregiving in the US. New Study Identifies Challenges for Family Caregivers, Caregiving Solutions Needed National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP research provides data and profiles of family caregivers today



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