Affordable home care matters. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP outlined the need for caregivers. If you find yourself struggling with the financial and health elements of caring for a loved one at home, you’re not alone.
The researchers found that in years to come, the number of those requiring care will grow, but the population of those who can provide care will shrink. People will need to look outside of their network of close relatives and friends for a caregiver.
Here are some other discoveries they made about caregiving:
- Nearly 1 in 10 caregivers is 75 or older.
- 40% of caregivers indicated a high burden of care.
- Half of respondents indicated they had no choice but to become their loved one’s caregiver.
- Respondents also indicated the financial strain of caregiving, and stated that an income tax credit for caregiving would be the most beneficial way to support them.
With the number of those who need caregiving growing and the number of those able to provide care shrinking, it’s vital that home care becomes more accessible and affordable. In some cases, medical insurance may pay for home care services as part of a long-term care plan. Policymakers on the state and federal level need to come up with solutions for our health care system as a whole, and for the aging population in particular. No matter what your political affiliation, families across the political spectrum are facing a need for affordable in-home caregiving. Consider sharing your family’s story with your elected officials to make your voice heard.
The good news is, there are affordable home care options available. A-Z Best Home Care offers a fixed hourly rate, with no contract and no fees. Contact us today to see how we can help you care for your loved one.