How does your caregiving for a senior relative in Bradenton or Sarasota match with caregiving and care management trends across the U.S.? Let’s take a look at some of 2019’s caregiving trends, and see if you can spot yourself or your family in these descriptions.
- Caregivers are getting younger—and there are a few more men than before. There are more caregivers who are working adults, which means they are also are more likely to take care of aging parents and children at the same time. There’s also a surge in Millennial-age caregivers, which is an age group you may not expect for caregiving. Plus, more men are now involved in care management for loved one, according to a Forbes article.
- Caregivers are a growing force. Because of the aging baby boomers among us, there’s a larger group of people who need caregiving—and a larger number of people taking care of them. This means that there are more passionate caregivers who are speaking with lawmakers and community leaders about their needs. Here’s a brief excerpt from an article on trends observed during the Third Annual National Care Giving conference:
Sharon Hall, who cares for her husband and mother, adds a purple hue to her hair to bring awareness to her experience of caring for family members with dementia. One of our conference attendees who cares for her husband and admired Sharon’s purple-ness told me she was dying her hair when she returned home. “I’m no longer meek and mild,” she explained. “I’m putting it out there.”
- More technology is involved. Think of the technology that you may use to check on your home, your children, and your pets. That same technology can be used to monitor older parents or relatives. Whether it’s technology like FaceTime so you can interact via video and audio or the use of special cameras, technology plays an increasing role when distance and/or surveillance are concerns.
- Caregivers are performing tasks that are sometimes medically complex. There’s a shortage of good professional caregivers. When you combine that with the skyrocketing need for more caregivers due to the aging population, this means that family caregivers must sometimes perform tasks that a home health worker, nurse, or similar health professional would otherwise perform. “They might manage healthcare appointments and medications, even performing what the AARP refers to as medical/nursing tasks, such as monitoring blood sugar, giving medications, wound care, dealing with catheters, and operating complicated medical equipment. Even if their loved one uses home care or lives in a nursing home, caregivers continue to serve an important managerial role,” reports the website AginginStride.com.
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