Research and Resources for Family Caregivers
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Family caregivers take on so much – from cooking and cleaning to managing medications, looking after finances, and providing transportation to doctor appointments. Doing it all for someone you love can be beautiful and fulfilling, but it can also cause fatigue and feelings of guilt.
As America’s population ages and the number of those with severe health issues increases, more family caregivers find themselves in similar situations. To ensure proper care for aging seniors, new research shows why family caregivers also need to take proper care of themselves.
At Comfort Keepers®, we’ve developed a practical guide for facing family caregiver challenges. You can download it for free to learn more about compassion fatigue, preparing for care, taking care of yourself as a caregiver, and even how to pay for care or prepare for an upcoming holiday away from your loved one. We hope you find it helpful.
The average number of hours per week a spouse/partner spends caring for their loved one.
SOURCE: Caregiving in the U.S., 2015 Report; AARP
Age and Emotional Well-Being: The Varied Emotional Experience of Family Caregivers, is a research study conducted by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Stanford University Psychology Department that found family caregivers – older ones especially - run the risk of poor well-being and depression when they take on the job of caring for a severely ill loved one. This may be because their social relationships suffer too, which are important for their well-being.
Comfort Keepers® collaborated with Stanford and the home care services software company ClearCare to survey 2,000 adults who had hired a Comfort Keepers caregiver to help an ailing relative. The survey found that family caregivers caring for a severely ill loved one often experienced social isolation and negative impacts to their emotional wellbeing.