It’s no mystery that family caregivers are an integral part of aging for many seniors. Adult children, spouses and other loved ones often provide vital care to help senior citizens maintain independence as well as provide assistance with everything from transportation to preparing meals and more. But, did you know that with an estimated 16% of Americans acting as family caregivers, that equates to over 39.6 million Americans providing unpaid care to senior loved ones.
According to the Lane Report,
“♦ Of the 39.6 million eldercare providers in the civilian non-institutional population age 15 and over, the majority (56 percent) were women.
♦ Individuals ages 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 were the most likely to provide eldercare (23 percent and 22 percent, respectively), followed by those age 65 and over (16 percent).
♦ Half of eldercare providers had provided care for 2 years or less, while 15 percent had provided care for 10 years or more.
♦ The majority (70 percent) of eldercare providers cared for only one person. Twenty-two percent of eldercare providers cared for two persons, and 7 percent cared for three or more persons.
♦ Eighty-five percent of eldercare providers cared only for persons with whom they did not live.
♦ Twenty-two percent of all eldercare providers were parents with children under age 18 living with them.
♦ Over half of eldercare providers ages 15 to 34 cared for a grandparent, while the majority of providers ages 35 to 64 cared for a parent. Providers ages 65 and over were more likely than those in other age groups to care for a friend or neighbor.”
Home Care Software Helps Provide Relief for Caregivers
Looking at the above data shows that family caregivers need a helping hand. Often, in-home care managed with a home care software or home care system, like ClearCare Onlne, can help lend that hand.
With varying levels and types of care available, home care can help seniors manage their needs while giving family caregivers a break. Fortunately, with technology like home care software, or a home care system from ClearCare Online, family caregivers can still stay connected to care, even from a distance. With the ClearCare Online home care software Family Room, loved ones can securely log into the home care system via a portal that displays care logs, caregiver clock-ins, messages and invoicing information.
Oftentimes, these features from home care software or a home care system help family members feel more secure in turning over some of their responsibilities to a home care agency – which can often translate to some relief for our 39.6 million fellow citizens striving to balance their own needs with those that they care for.