A burgeoning elderly population and lack of caregiving preparedness underscore the critical need for senior care resources, according to a survey conducted by Care.com, an online resource helping families connect with local caregivers for children, adults and seniors, pets and their homes.
Key findings of the survey include:
- 46 percent of respondents have a good understanding of their aging loved ones’ preferences for care, but don’t know the details surrounding how to proceed.
- 44 percent of respondents are tapped into their aging parents’ behavioral/physical changes and are deeply concerned about their health and well being.
- 47 percent of respondents are tasked with housekeeping, transportation and financial management duties for their aging parents.
- 32 percent of respondents carry the full load of caregiving responsibilities for their aging parents.
- 47 percent of respondents say concerns over finances and paying for long-term care are top of mind when addressing their aging loved one’s care needs.
Care.com advises those with aging parents to make plans for care as far in advance as possible and while one’s parents can still be part of the decision-making process.
"As a social worker with expertise in eldercare, I have heard the life stories of family caregivers, the heartache, the loss, the fear of aging and debilitation, the burdens, and the rewards," explains Jody Gastfriend, vice president of Care Management for Care.com. "As these findings show, making effective decisions about the care of a loved one often takes more time than anticipated and requires an understanding of the long-term care system that many caregivers lack."
For more information, visit care.com.