Cost, Uncertainty, Stress Plague Long-Distance Caregivers

“Imagine working with a single care coordinator who, on your behalf, scrutinizes healthcare providers, offers assistance with financial questions, manages the care delivered by different physicians and other healthcare specialists, and generally takes on all tasks associated with providing care.” #caregiver #family #carecoordination

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$8,728 a year. No vacations. No retirement savings. 23 hours a week and up.

This is the not-so-secret code of the long-distance caregiver:

  • $8,728 is the average annual out-of-pocket cost;
  • 47% stopped taking vacations to make up for caregiving costs and a lack of extra time;
  • 35% stopped saving for retirement; and
  • 23 hours up to 41 hours a week are spent on providing care depending on income.

Being a long-distance caregiver is incredibly stressful and frustrating.  It’s difficult locating and vetting caregivers from a distance and the National Institute on Aging says there are approximately 7 million people in the United States trying to carry out this daunting task.

But there is help available.

133-SeniorsInc-Staver-1372716892-OImagine working with a single care coordinator who, on your behalf, scrutinizes healthcare providers, offers assistance with financial questions, manages the care delivered by different physicians and other healthcare specialists, and generally takes on all…

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