Caregiving For Older Adults

1632 WordsOct 31, 20167 Pages
“In fact, nearly 66 million people in the United States currently provide care, assistance and support for a family member who is elderly or who is living with a disability” (CICOA). There are also individuals who provide care and assistance for infants, children and household pets. There are formal and informal caregivers, a formal or family caregiver is defined as, “an individual, age 18 or older who provides unpaid care to family member or friend who need assistance with everyday activities” while a formal caregiver is a paid care provider ( Hunt, 2015; Caregiver.org, 2016). This paper will report over caregiving for older adults, alternative placement options, personal statements from a caregiver and resources on caregiving for older adults. My report will focus on family caregivers and those providing care for older adults. How are these caregivers and what do they do? In the 2015 Report, Caregiving in the U.S., “an estimated 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. The average caregiver can be described as an older female who is currently employed or was employed caring for an older relative with physical condition. The majority are relatives, parents or parent-in-law with one out 10 being a spouse (Caregiving in the U.S., 2015). More than 96% of caregivers will perform activities of daily living (ADL) such as getting out of bed, dressing, meal preparation or instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) like
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