Unsung Heros: Caregivers

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If you have or have had a family member or loved one that needs around the clock assistance then you know how wonderful caregivers are.  Caregivers assist their loved ones around the clock and do not get any special praise or awards.  The toll on caregivers is paramount and should not go unnoticed by family, community, and employers.

In 2015, Forbes reported that nearly 44 million adults in the US are providing personal assistance for family members with disabilities or other care needs. That is more than one out of every six adults in the US. More than 34 million care for frail elders and nearly 4 million help children with disabilities. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving AARP Public Policy Institute the typical caregiver is a 49-year-old female, working at a paid job, and caring for a 69-year-old relative who needs care because of a long-term physical condition.

More stats on the typical caregiver:

*Caregivers report spending an average of about 24 hours-a-week providing personal assistance such as bathing or dressing or helping with activities such as shopping or rides.

*Almost 6 in 10 say they perform nursing or other complex care tasks, such as giving oral medicines or injections, wound care, or operating medical equipment.

*The typical caregiver has been helping a parent or spouse for 4 years.

* Most work full-time but 6 in 10 say caregiving has affected their ability to do their jobs.

* About half say they’ve had to take occasional time off, 15% have taken leaves of absences, and 14% have had to reduce work hours or change jobs as a result of their caregiving.

As you can see caregivers have a large impact on their loved ones and many, many long hours are spent caring for a loved one. This undoubtedly can take a toll on the typical caregiver and their own quality of life. It is important for employers, family members and the community to be aware of this, the toll they experience, and offer help.  Many of KaleidoCare’s clients are extraordinary caregivers that need extra assistance because it is simply just impossible to do it all, all the time.  If you are a caregiver or know of a caregiver that needs help, KaliedoCare is here for you and we are ready to listen to what you need.  Contact us at hello@kaleidocareadvocacy or 608-572-7598.  


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