Unpaid Caregiving and Seeking Help
In Florida, around 2.9 million people provided informal care to a family member, totaling to an estimated 2.4 billion hours of care per year. According to the AARP, these unpaid hours amounts to around $31 billion. Family members often assume the role of a caregiver with no prior training or experience to guide them through a complex and, often, expensive process. These same individuals also have their own family and work-related responsibilities. One in six Americans (across the U.S.) work full- or part-time while caring for “an elderly or disable family member, relative or friend.” This unpaid labor burden can lead to reduced physical, emotional, and mental health. The stresses that come with caregiving can lead to reduced physical health, a compromised immune system, and clinically significant mental health disorders, like depression.
While many people seek out services, like hiring a professional caregiver, many others handle the situation on their own. These unpaid family caregivers can benefit from educational and community resources to ease the burden of their role. Insurance companies, like Florida Blue, are trying to connect family caregivers with social workers who can help empower caregivers by connecting them to community resources. However, there is still a lack of help and a clear framework through which people can assume the responsibilities of caregiving without feeling lost and overburdened. Since caregivers perform complex tasks, there needs to be a better health system to help families support their aging or disabled loved ones.
With the help of ElderCare at Home, you can hire a professionally trained nursing assistant to care for your loved one. Hiring a professional caregiver can often be a tremendous relief since receiving external help can clear up one’s schedule and provide room for family caregivers to take a breather. Another paid option is to seek out the assistance of an assisted living facility. While it may not always be t-he preferred option for the loved one in question, some situations may leave no other choice.
These paid forms of assistance may not be available to everybody. In this case, support groups and educational resources can be wonderful sources of information and help. ElderCare at Home can again provide some assistance here. By calling 561-585-0400, we can help provide you sources of information, as well as provide resources to find a caregiver support group. Do not hesitate to call us if you have -questions or concerns. We are here for you!