Care giving does not always take place in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care giving actually occurs in the home as its more convenient, cost effective, and most comfortable for the person being cared for.
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450 billion dollars of caregiving hours are provided each year (not all of these hours are paid either). If caregivers stopped working for 48 hours straight our healthcare system would collapse
· Family caregivers are the only people who are present with patients in all care settings. Patients may have more than one doctor, nurses who change shifts, or prescriptions that may need to be filled at different pharmacies. Family caregivers are there as full partners all the time.
· Complex care happens in the home. Almost half of family caregivers perform medical/nursing tasks such as providing wound care and operating specialized medical equipment. Seventy percent manage medications for their loved ones.
· Caregiving effects the whole family. Men are now almost as likely to say they are family caregivers as women are (37% of men; 40% of women). Even 36% of younger Americans between ages 18 and 29 say they are family caregivers.
· Two out of every 5 adults are family caregivers.
· Most adults would prefer to age in place. Ninety percent of adults over the age of 65 would prefer to stay in their current home as they age. Family, friends, and neighbors provide 80% of the care for the elderly
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