VetLikeMe has carried many articles on Caregivers and Caregiving since we started this SDVOSB. My wife is a caregiver. My daughters are caregivers. The person needing and receiving their care is me.
Hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans require assistance many times a day. These caregivers give us quality of life that we would not have without them…
For the next several weeks, we will feature little-known ‘facts’ about our caregivers. We hope these features enhance our understanding of this difficult, often thankless fact of life and gain significant insight into the demands shouldered by the caregivers in our lives.
Readers are urged to include remarks about their caregivers.
These subtopics will headline for the next seven weeks:
The value of the services family caregivers provide for “free,” when caring for older adults, is estimated to be $375 billion a year. That is almost twice as much as is actually spent on homecare and nursing home services combined ($158 billion).
More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.
The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed.
Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women.
More than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them.
1.4 million children ages 8 to 18 provide care for an adult relative; 72% are caring for a parent or grandparent; and 64% live in the same household as their care recipient. Fortunately, most are not the sole caregiver.
20 hours per week is the average number of hours family caregivers spend caring for their loved ones while 13% of family caregivers are providing 40 hours of care a week or more.
Family caregivers are the foundation of long-term care nationwide, exceeding Medicaid long-term care spending in all states.
51% of care recipients live in their own home, 29% live with their family caregiver, and 4% live in nursing homes and assisted living.
36% of family caregivers care for a parent and 7 out of 10 caregivers are caring for loved ones over 50 years old.
14% of family caregivers care for a special needs child with an estimated 16.8 million caring for special needs children under 18 years old.
55% of these caregivers are caring for their own children.
78% of adults living in the community and in need of long-term care depend on family and friends as their only source of help.