"There are only four kinds of people:
Those who have been caregivers
Those who are currently caregivers
Those who will be caregivers
Those who will need caregivers"
- First Lady Roslyn Carter
Help for Caregivers – A Growing Need
There are 27.6 million family caregivers in the United States. More than 40 percent of these caregivers are also caring for children under age 18. Almost 2/3 of these caregivers are employed on a full- or part-time basis. Caregivers spend an average of 18 hours per week caring for the person. The average length of caregiving for older adults is 18-20 years and for dependent children, it's 17 years.
Caregiving requires new information and skills:
- It's learning about Medicare, dementia and disease.
- It's understanding how to make a home fall-proof.
- It's supporting a loved one suffering from grief and loss.
- It's learning to maneuver through the medical system.
- It's figuring out how to be a parent to a parent.
- It's learning to not wait for the crisis, but to plan ahead of time
Using Intermountain's EAP caregiver services and resources will help you feel less stressed and more confident as you perform this challenging responsibility.
Problem Solving Quick Tip
If you happen to know any caregivers, pass this information along. They will thank you!
The 36-Hour Day – by Nancy L. Mace & Peter V. Rabins
A family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer disease, related dementing illnesses, and memory loss in later life. (Warner Books, 2001)
How to Care for Aging Parents – by Virginia Morris & Robert M. Butler
Answers to questions you hoped you'd never have to ask. A one-stop resource for all medical, financial, housing, emotional, and practical issues. (Workman Publishing, 2004)
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