Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dropping Caregiver Ratio: Who Will Provide all the Anticipated "Aging at Home" Care?

A new study released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement, "Retirement Care Planning: The Middle-Income Boomer Perspective," found that U.S. unpaid caregivers provide approximately $450 billion worth of care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged. Among middle-income Boomers, four in ten have been a caregiver to a parent or spouse. Among these caregivers, 77% cared for a parent, and nearly one-fourth (23%) cared for a spouse.

Although they primarily relied on doctors and nurses to perform medical caregiving, Boomer caregivers found themselves quite involved in personal caregiving needs, such as:

  • Assistance with eating (79%)
  • Assistance with getting in and out of bed (78%)
  • Assistance with using the toilet (69%)
  • Assistance with dressing (68%)
  • Assistance with bathing (56%)
Our thanks to Grand Villa of Delray Beach East for making this information generally available via Twitter!

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