Family Members Take on Bulk of Care for People with Dementia
An aging Baby Boomer population means additional responsibilities for younger generations. Whether helping to manage finances, taking on the responsibility of household errands or committing to full-time in-home care, much of this work will be unpaid and in addition to the caregiver’s other obligations. According to Family Caregiver Alliance, over 43 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months.
Despite an increasing role, family caregivers struggle with recognition and visibility. As Sandhya Sanghi writes for The Conversation: “Family caregivers are the source of greatest impact on the health of a person living with dementia, yet are often excluded in conversations with the person’s health care providers.”
ComfortCare Homes has designed a model of care that acknowledges and values the incredible role that family caregivers perform in the care of loved ones. Knowing the right mix of family care and professional services can be a challenge, and filtering through the vast amounts of information online will feel overwhelming at times. A great place to get started is the ComfortCare Homes website, where you’ll find the right amount of information, including links to resources and professional organizations.