Health care for the disabled or elderly does not always take place in a hospital, nursing home or doctor’s office. Most of the your loved one’s health care is going to take place in the home. Is that a good thing? We think so. People are healthier in their home and costs can be reduced significantly. Family caregivers also have their loved ones best interests at heart. However, caregiving at home can take its toll on the caregiver and proper preparation must me made. Ninety million U.S. caregivers provide daily care for their loved ones, enabling them to stay at home longer where they are happier and healthier.
- MOST ADULTS PREFER TO AGE IN PLACE. 90% of those over the age of 65 would prefer to stay in their current home as they age. Family, friends, and neighbors provide 80% of the care for the elderly who do stay in the home.
- TWO OF FIVE ADULTS ARE FAMILY CAREGIVERS. 39% of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick, disabled, or living with frailties of old age. That’s up from 30% in 2010.
- FAMILY CAREGIVERS ARE PRESENT IN ALL CARE SETTINGS. Patients may have more than one doctor; nurses change shifts; prescriptions may be filled at different pharmacies. Family caregivers are there as full partners with their loved ones through it all.
- COMPLEX CARE IN THE HOME. Nearly half of family caregivers perform sophisticated medical and nursing tasks for their loved ones – such as providing wound care and operating specialized medical equipment. Up to 70% manage medications for their loved ones.
- CAREGIVING AFFECTS THE WHOLE FAMILY. 40% of women and 37% of men say they are family caregivers. 36% of younger Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say they are family caregivers as well.
- CAREGIVING RESPONSIBILITIES FORCE CHANGES AT HOME. Some families have to tighten their belts at home to pay for out-of-pocket caregiving costs, which can average $5,500 per year. Many more have to make home alterations to ensure the safety, security, and cleanliness for their loved ones.
November is National Family Caregiver Month. The Caregiver Action Network coordinates National Family Caregivers Month as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers. Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:
- Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
- Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
- Educate family caregivers about self-identification
- Increase support for family caregivers
Traxx Mobility Systems supports family caregivers with our TITAN 500 Overhead Patient Lift. Traditional floor based patient lifts are difficult to use in the home. Our unique system fits in the bedroom and allows a single caregiver to transfer a loved one without fear of injury. A rechargeable electric motor provides peace of mind and the system is designed to lift up to 500lbs.
Traxx Mobility Systems is lifting the standard of home care!