Family caregivers go underappreciated, here’s how to help them

Family caregivers go underappreciated, here’s how to help them

It is impossible to put a price on the personal care, attention and emotional support given by millions of family caregivers. These people willingly offer their help, contributing time, energy and often their own self-interest to caring for a spouse, parent or other loved one. These services are a huge emotional and social value to the person receiving them, but also to society. In 2013, the American Association of Retired People sponsored a study of the economic impact of family caregivers. AARP calculated that in that year, family caregivers had provided 37 billion hours of care worth an estimated $470 billion to their parents, spouses and other loved ones. That figure of $470 billion has certainly grown in the past five years, probably faster than the American economy in general. Using a compound growth rate of 5% per year, it would total about $600 billion in 2018. These figures do not include the very substantial amount of money that family caregivers often...
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How to prevent a senior from wandering

How to prevent a senior from wandering

“Wandering” is a major concern for caregivers involved in senior home care and for the professional staff in senior assisted living facilities. Wandering is an event associated with conditions that produce impairment of memory or mental capacity. This can include people who suffer from autism or Down’s syndrome, as well as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The seniors in senior home care, senior assisted living and memory care living are one of our special concerns at OurSeniors.net. One particular story that we deeply regret hearing is one where a resident of a memory care living facility in the Daytona area wandered away from the facility and died before he could be located. Most wandering episodes do not result in a fatality, but the possibility is a concern to the family and to professionals providing in-home senior care. Among loved ones providing in-home senior care, the fear of wandering can become a major problem, so it is wise to take some...
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