This is the time of year when people travel around town and across the country to spend time with family and friends. For many, the holidays are a time to reconnect with those important individuals who they may not get to see as often as they’d like. Here at Best Home Care, we treasure the moments we spend with our families throughout this season but for many senior home care patients, family takes on a very distinct and important role.
According to the CDC, over 34 million family caregivers provide 83% of all home care services. Above and beyond family members, this number includes friends, neighbors, and partners who provide in home supportive service for a loved one. It is estimated that 1 in 5 households in the United States are impacted by caregiving duties. These numbers are expected to grow in the coming decades as seniors live longer and elderly home care fees continue to rise.
It is very likely that you or someone you know have cared for an elderly parent or a sick relative in the last year. Even though you might not consider yourself a home care professional, family caregivers are just as vital for those they care for. In fact, family caregivers will often provide the same (if not more) home care services than personal care assistants. These tasks may include:
- Giving and managing medications
- Assisting with and preparing meals
- Providing transportation to appointments and errands
- Cleaning and maintaining a home
- Performing basic medical and nursing procedures
- Assisting with toileting and personal cleaning
On average, family caregivers spend 20 hours a week performing these home care services, yet the majority are unpaid. Helping out with a loved one’s home care is an admirable gesture however, the time commitment can often conflict with other priorities and result in struggles with money.
It is a little known fact that there is a variety of state and federal programs that help family caregivers get paid for taking care of a family member. Best Home Care has helped many family caregivers find solutions to their money struggles by showing them how to get paid to care for a family member. See how we can help you next!