Interesting Facts About Caregiving In The Home

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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