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Baby Boomers Perceive Caregiving in a Different Light

caregiverA recent study has shed light on how the “Baby Boomer” generation views the responsibilities of caregiving and how their perceptions differ from preceding generations. The study’s purpose was to determine the attitude of Baby Boomers towards caregiving and how it may affect the home health care industry, homecare software, and homecare systems. Although other caregiving studies have been conducted in the past, little is known about the Baby Boomer generation and their commitment to provide in-home care.

Understanding the Baby Boomer Generation
Surprisingly, not all Baby Boomers (born between 1946-1964) identify themselves as Baby Boomers. Even among study participants who felt they did fit into this particular generation, many made a distinction between themselves and the majority of Boomers – or non-caregivers. Being a caregiver made some Baby Boomers deliberately distance themselves from the rest, believing they held more humane values and a stronger sense of familial responsibility.

On the other hand, even the caregivers denied having a desire to sacrifice their lives in order to provide care in the same way their parents did. Most Baby Boomers have a new conception of care in that they no longer consider the consequences of caregiving legitimate. Survey respondents admitted they were willing to provide support for family members, but not to the point where they sacrifice everything or become “lost” in the identity of being a family caregiver.

Reliance upon Homecare Services:
A key reason Baby Boomers feel they aren’t required to provide care like generations past is the existence of home health services, such as professional caregivers, homecare systems, and homecare software such as ClearCare.
Baby Boomers who responded to this recent survey reported feeling bitter about having to put careers aside in order provide care. Many also complained of having to quit their jobs entirely and suffering economic hardships. This has numerous Baby Boomers to hire home health professionals that use homecare systems so that they can resume professional activities.

How the Home Care Industry Must Adapt
Caregivers are forcing home care agencies to reevaluate the standard of care they currently provide. The expectations of the Baby Boomer generation are high. Family caregivers are demanding better quality services and alternative resources such as reliable homecare systems and homecare software. Baby Boomers no longer want the responsibility of primary caregiver; rather they want to be a partner within the care team. They want to negotiate and set limits to the amount and kind of care they provide – which is where homecare systems like ClearCare come into play.

Unlike past generations who did not have the advantage of technology on their side, today’s caregivers have innovative and trustworthy homecare software programs they can utilize to provide better quality care. ClearCare’s homecare software is proud to offer top of the line technology that gives seniors the best and safest home care while allowing Baby Boomers to enjoy greater independence and quality of life.

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Derek Jones

Derek enjoys spending time with family running road races, has completed 6-half marathons, mountain biking, and anything to do with baseball or the outdoors.

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