The Surmounting Numbers of Home Care Givers Across Canada and the U.S

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 1st Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Since people are living longer in North America, the issue of care-giving is topical. This series will examine some of the issues and provide some tips for family and home caregivers.

Issues Facing Caregivers

Issues Facing Caregivers

One of the most neglected areas involving family life today is the role and issues pertaining to a family caregiver. As our population ages more and more stress is put on various family members to care for their aging parents. Often times these children are in their early 40's and they too have children still at home to care for.

Millions of home caregivers

To meet the financial needs of their families caregivers sometimes have to work outside of the home, run a household, and take care of an aging parent. The balancing act does not always run smoothly.

Yet, these caregivers cannot just toss their aging parents aside. A parent is more than a legal result sought after from DNA testing. Parents have an emotional bond to their children and visa versa.

Often we hear talk of the extended family breaking down in North America, yet for caregivers this is not necessarily so, for example there are over three million caregivers in Canada alone and approximately 50 million caregivers in the United States who provide home-care for their aging parents, children, or friends, with a health problem. The act of caregiving extends far beyond any paternity test, parental DNA test, or familial DNA test of any kind.

Care Giver Stats

In Montreal and the rest of Canada, most care giving is provided in the home, while only 20% of care given for the sick is actually allocated to outside resources such as hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. In the USA 72% of children are caring for a parent or grandparent. Yet the care giving does not stop at adults, 1.5 millions caregivers are children themselves, ranging from the ages of 8 to 18.

On the other hand, about 30% of caregivers are elderly themselves and caring for their spouse. A little less than 20% of caregivers provide 40 hours of care each week. Some caregivers do get help while others do not. The service they provide for free amounts to about 5 billion dollars each year in Canada and about 306 billion dollars in the USA, which in turn is almost double on what is spent on professional home-care or nursing home facilities.

To be continued

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Care Giver Stats, Care Givers, Care Giving, Caregiver, Caregiver Services, Caregivers, Caregiving, Family Caregivers, Home Care, Homecare

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Jun 2015 (#)

My mother passed away in 1983. She had lived with my first wife and me for nine years after my father died. There were few problems as she was well for most of the time and was really an asset to our family life. I understand that this sort of arrangement is not always possible today but it would be good if the elderly could remain in their own homes, and for that we need more caregivers. Blessings.

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