10 Things You Need To Know About Caregiving

Posted by Pam Blanton on November 19, 2013

From Disability.gov

Disability Connection: 10 Things You Need to Know about Caregiving 

  1. November Is National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers play an important role in the lives of their family members, friends or neighbors who have disabilities, are sick and/or elderly. A 2009 survey released by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) found that one in four American families – about 22 million households – care for someone else (age 50 or older).

According to a fact sheet from the Family Caregiver Alliance

  • 65.7 million people, roughly 29 percent of the U.S. adult population, are caregivers;
  • Family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones annually;
  • More women (66 percent) than men are caregivers, and the average age of a female caregiver is 48;
  • One-third (34 percent) of caregivers help two or more people; and
  • Nine out of 10 caregivers of veterans are female, and 70 percent provide care to their spouse or partner.
  1. Medicare is an important factor to consider when parents, grandparents, relatives or friends need to make crucial health care decisions. Medicare.gov provides several fact sheets for caregivers with questions and answers on topics such as coverage for health services, applying for Medicare and how to submit claims. The site also offers a Caregiver Resource Kit. Additional information about Medicare and Caregivers is available on the National Institutes of Health Senior Health website. Topics include planning for medical care, managing chronic illness, understanding Medicare billing and terms every caregiver needs to know.


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