Family Caregiving: The Facts
- More than 34 million unpaid caregivers provide care to someone age 18 and older who is ill or has a disability (AARP, 2008).
- An estimated 21% of households in the United States are impacted by caregiving responsibilities (NAC, 2004).
- Unpaid caregivers provide an estimated 90% of the long-term care (IOM, 2008).
- The majority (83%) are family caregivers—unpaid persons such as family members, friends, and neighbors of all ages who are providing care for a relative (FCA, 2005)
- The typical caregiver is a 46 year old woman with some college experience and provides more than 20 hours of care each week to her mother (NAC, 2004).
- The out-of-pocket costs for caregivers who are caring for someone who was age 50 or older averaged $5,531 in 2007. About 37% of caregivers for someone age 50 and older reduced their work hours or quit their job in 2007 (AARP, 2008).
- Caregivers report having difficulty finding time for one’s self (35%), managing emotional and physical stress (29%), and balancing work and family responsibilities (29%) (NAC, 2004).
- About 73% of surveyed caregivers said praying helps them cope with caregiving stress, 61% said that they talk with or seek advice from friends or relatives, and 44% read about caregiving in books or other materials (NAC, 2004).
- About 30% said they need help keeping the person they care for safe and 27% would like to find easy activities to do with the person they care for (NAC, 2004).
- Half (53%) of caregivers who said their health had gotten worse due to caregiving also said the decline in their health has affected their ability to provide care (NAC, 2006).
- Caregivers said they do not go to the doctor because they put their family’s needs first (67% said that is a major reason), or they put the care recipient’s needs over their own (57%). More than half (51%) said they do not have time to take care of themselves and almost half (49%) said they are too tired to do so (NAC, 2004).
Certainly I am not a quitter and always live in faith that things will get better with a whole lot of love and knowledge so thanks to google, the library and my family's help I am finding more and more resources to give hope and strength to caregivers.
A couple of websites that have helpful information is The Family Caregiver Alliance, Brain Injury of America, and CNS Center for Neuroskills.
A quote that was forwarded to me by my sister
"I considered why it might be better to make a mistake---and learn from it ---than strain to get everything right"
and another one
Hope lives on in the person that still believes.
and some I found on pinterest
Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss and Renewal
Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark
A few things that I have learned throughout the process.