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Spouses are most likely to be primary care givers (48 percent) and the majority (72 percent) are women. Spousal care givers also provide the most extensive and comprehensive care (between 40 to 60 hours a week). When a spouse is not available to provide care, the responsibility typically falls to a daughter. In the absence of a daughter, a son may become the primary care giver, although there is evidence to suggest that sons often pass along care givers responsibilities to their wives.
Elder care givers children report that they spend 15 to 30 hours a week providing care, and they tend to concentrate their care giving hours on managing care and assisting with transportation and shopping. In the beginning elder care givers can cope with the situation but as the senior’s disease progresses it becomes more tiresome for care givers. This in turn causes care givers to feel burned out. In order to avoid burn out it is important that family members have a break. The remaining care givers include more distant family members and friends. Elder care givers responsibilities are also likely to be assumed by family members who have fewer competing demands on their time than others in the family.
Which family members become care givers and the type of care they provide are also influenced by cultural factors (Montgomery and Kosloski, 2000).
Among Blacks and Hispanics, adult children are much more likely to be primary care givers — 75 percent of care givers are adult children. This has been attributed to the fact that minority women are more likely to be single. The daughters of minority elders provide more household and personal care than Caucasian daughters. Researchers have noted that care receivers’ needs change as their illnesses or disabilities progress. In the early stages of caring for dementia patients, for example, caregivers take over high-level activities like financial management, driving and shopping. As the disease progresses, they assist with more basic tasks like dressing and eating. As the impairment becomes more severe, care givers take on heavier nursing care such as managing incontinence and avoiding pressure sores. Care may be needed 24 hours a day. This can be rather burdensome for many of the care givers. This is why there is a need for home care services or other programs to assist.
As the population ages and care giving becomes a fact of life for many families, a myriad of new services have been developed to meet elder care givers need for support and assistance. These programs and home care services have been designed to help caregivers and their families reduce their stress and isolation, handle difficult behaviors, improve their coping skills, and delay or prevent nursing home placement. Services for elder care givers are typically funded by states through general revenue funds or as part of multipurpose, publicly-funded home and community-based home care services programs that serve both care recipients and their family care givers.
Elder Care Givers: Respite Home Care Services
Respite home care services is a great way to help relieve the stress that family care givers experience. Elder care givers provide respite care which means rest or relief. There are a variety of approaches or models for providing relief. Some programs provide volunteers or employees who come to patients’ homes for a few hours at a time to give care givers a break. One option would be using a home care services agency that will go right to your loved ones house to monitor and provide companionship. Others bring patients to agencies or special centers for several hours to participate in social, recreational or therapeutic programs. Still others offer placements in residential care facilities, hospitals or nursing homes for several days at a time to give care givers extended breaks. This is something that many family members should take advantage of. If they do not take care of themselves they will not be able to take care of their loved one. Below you will find a link to download a care givers guide that will help you with the different resources available to you:
See below for a free care givers handbook that you can download.
This hand book is loaded with resources to help family members care for their senior loved ones.
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