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 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.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE TO REDUCE CAREGIVER STRESS IN PINEVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.
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