According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, an estimated 53 million adults are providing care to an adult family member. In large part family members are untrained and unpaid for the assistance and support they are providing. Forty percent of those families live in multi-generational homes. When illness or advanced age impacts an individual’s ability to accomplish activities of daily living (ADLs) traditional roles often shift to focus on the provision of care. Spouses are often the first to care for each other, and as both spouses live longer, adult children become increasingly involved in providing care for their parents.
The vast majority of family caregivers are unpaid, however as the population ages, an increasing number of states are recognizing the benefit of providing services and support to family caregivers to avoid the high costs of placement in long-term care facilities.
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Family Caregiver Articles
Caregiver Statistics: Facts about Family Caregivers
Millions of Americans step into the role of family caregiver without really thinking about this label or fully understanding the responsibilities that come with it.0 Comments
Am I a Caregiver? Defining the Family Caregiver Role
Many individuals struggle to accept the label of “family caregiver,” but fully embracing this role increases our chances of succeeding in it.5 Comments
Getting Paid for Taking Care of Elderly Parents
Family caregivers are vital to helping seniors age in place, but the care they provide often comes at a huge personal cost. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of resources and government programs that pay family caregivers for their services.219 Comments
6 Pieces of Wisdom Nurses Often Share with New Family Caregivers
More than any other medical professionals, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on care for patients and interacting with family caregivers. Here’s a list of six elder care insights that nurses share with family members who are new to caregiving.12 Comments
How I Stopped Resenting My Siblings as a Family Caregiver
A family caregiver explores how she let go of anger, resentment and jealousy toward her siblings that was damaging her family relationships and hindering her ability to care for her aging parents.69 Comments
Family Caregiver Questions
What is the best way to convince a family caregiver that they need to accept whatever help is available to maintain her own well being?5 Answers
Why does the family scapegoat almost always end up as the family caregiver?70 Answers
Is it possible to harden oneself when being a caregiver to a parent?29 Answers
When do family caregivers need to file with IRS? Chronically ill Alzheimer's aunt. Her house sold, but we only get her $1700 monthly income.0 Answers
Family Caregiver Discussions
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Caregiving for a narcissistic mother. Do we do it out of love or out of years of guilt and programming?1,505 Comments
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