National Long Term Care Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in November. Did you know that 70% of men and women over the age of 65 will need some kind of long-term care services? This kind of care can be very expensive, and can take a toll on the family as a whole as they try to figure out payment, roles of family members, and other logistics of making long-term care decisions for a loved one. When taking care of someone long term, it usually means feeding them, helping with personal care, bathing them, and helping with other daily tasks.
Here’s a list of statistics surrounding long-term care:
- 78% of adults who are getting long-term care at home rely solely on family and friends for their assistance
- The average caregiver is a woman about 46 years old.
- On average, the caregiver spends about 21 hours per week giving assistance
- Over 90% of family caregivers had to alter their work schedule due to caring for a loved one
- Around 40% of caregivers had to switch from full to part-time work
- Close to 50% said they had to skip vacations and other personal activities in order to give adequate care
- 29% had to use their own money in providing care
- More than 10% had to move in order to be closer to their family member who needed care
- Around 10% had to take a pay cut
The more clients understand the emotional, physical and economic toll that long-term care can take on loved ones, the more they can prepare for the future.
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