Who’s Caring for the Caregiver?
BY LORIAN WILLIAMS WILLIS, TINA DAVIS LARKIN AND KIM WROBLE
The last time you were on an airplane, the flight attendant showed you the oxygen masks that are available in case of an emergency.
Remember the advice?
“If you’re sitting next to a young child, take the mask for yourself first, next help the child!”
The attendant didn’t want you to make the same mistake so many caregivers do: taking care of everyone except for themselves.
In more than three of every 10 households, at least one member in the home is a caregiver, caring for someone who can’t fully take care of himself or herself. More than half of the nation’s caregivers are women and many are children. The average caregiver spends more than 40 hours a week caring for a loved one and provides an estimated $110,000 in services each year.
Taking care of an ill or aging loved one can become a full-time job.
According to a survey by Evercare, the financial burden of caregiving coupled with economic realities are causing caregivers to be either more reluctant to miss work for caregiving or to take on additional work to cover caregiving costs.
Many are using their hard-earned savings to cover the skyrocketing cost of providing care.
The financial impact can be devastating to say the least. Many families are taking second mortgages, canceling vacation, and doing whatever they can to make sure their loved ones get their medications, medical supplies, etc. The survey also found that more than half of caregivers who were caring for someone 50 years old or older were spending, on average, more than 10 percent of their annual income to do so — an average of $5,531 per year.
For questions about home care for your aging loved one, please contact the caregivers at Andelcare. We provide everything from respite care for the primary caregiver to full time elder care in Seattle and the surrounding communities. Call us at 888-788-3051 for more information.