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5 Key Facts About Family Caregivers in the U.S.

Caregiver Stress in Pineville NC

The moment you begin struggling with something in life, it’s often far too easy to feel alone. As a family caregiver, many people trying to take care of an elderly or disabled adult loved one can struggle, mostly because they have no idea how long this will go on or the best way to handle challenges that come their way.

Caregiver Stress in Pineville NC

Caregiver Stress in Pineville NC

Caregiver stress is a very real concern for many people, even though they might not give it the attention it deserves. Not everyone fits the ‘typical’ profile of a family caregiver, and below are five key facts about family caregivers working in the United States right now.

November is National Family Caregivers Month and the more you learn about these invaluable men and women, the more support, care, and understanding they might receive. Ultimately, though, it’s always best to rely on an experienced home care aide as opposed to trying to take care of an aging or disabled family member alone.

Key Caregiver Fact #1: There are 44 million of them. 

In the United States alone there are an estimated 44 million family caregivers working right now (AARP). Many of these family members end up taking on this incredible responsibility and job out of a sense of duty or responsibility, even though they may not have the time to truly devote to the person who needs assistance.

Key Caregiver Fact #2: The average age is 46. 

The average age of a family caregiver is around 46 years old. There are family members taking care of loved ones well into their 60s, 70s, and later, and of course teenagers, twenty-somethings, and those in the 30s, 40s, and 50s who also provide care and support to loved ones.

Key Caregiver Fact #3: 75 percent are women. 

The vast majority of caregivers in the United States are women. Women comprise 75 percent of the family caregivers providing some type of care and support to loved ones (Family Caregiver Alliance).

Key Caregiver Fact #4: Stress can affect anyone. 

The stress of being a family caregiver can be tremendous. It can impact just about anyone. In fact, it can affect not just a caregiver, but his or her other family members, friends, coworkers, and anyone else they come in contact with on a regular basis.

Key Caregiver Fact #5: Quality of care can be diminished. 

Compared to experienced home care support services, a family member who has never done this type of work before will have a significant learning curve to deal with. They could make mistakes. They may not offer the type of care, support, and encouragement the senior deserves.

Ultimately, it’s always best to consider an experienced home care aide as opposed to becoming a primary caregiver for a loved one.


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.

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