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Tip of the Week: Caregiving Stats and Facts

According to a recent Harvard study, the vast majority of long-term care takes place in the home.  Most caregivers are women and the amount of time that they provide care is roughly 20-30 hours per week, equivalent to a part-time job!  As our population continues to age, the problem will arise with less caregivers available to take on this caregiving role.  Caregivers are required to perform all sorts of tasks, whether they have the experience and credentials or not, including managing medications, providing treatments, and handling medical devices that were once impermissible for professional healthcare providers to use.  The study concluded that “caregivers are more likely to suffer depression, physical illnesses, social isolation, and financial difficulties.”  But there are options for relief.  Adult day care is, perhaps, worth considering.  Also, companions and/or homemakers can assist with cooking, cleaning and transportation to provide a break for caregivers.  

Caregivers need to be aware of support groups and agencies in their community.  Support groups in your community, such as New England Nightingales Home Care Service which provides a monthly caregiver support group on the first Tuesday of every month, are a great outlet to take time for yourself, to gain insight and advice, and to be able to remove the hard questions and burdens from your shoulders.

Being a good caregiver starts with taking the time to care for yourself!

To access the full Harvard report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, visit http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1840219&resultClick=3

New England Nightingales Caregiver Support Group
Every 1st Tuesday of the month 10:30AM-12:00PM
3 Forest Park Drive, 1st Floor, Farmington, CT 06032
Call 860.676.4441 for more information!

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