Did you know that:
- 80% of care provided at home is delivered by family caregivers.
In 2011, family members and friends provided an estimated 17.4 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $210 billion.
- 43% of those caring for Alzheimer’s patients reported the physical stress of caregiving was high to very high, and the physical and emotional impact of ALZ and dementia caregiving is estimated to result in $8.7 billion in increased health care costs in the U.S.
- 65% of caregivers with full or part-time jobs reported having to alter their work schedules or take time off, while 20% have had to take a leave of absence.
43% of those caring for loved ones with ALZ have been providing care for 1 to 4 years; 32% for 5 years or more.
As you can see based on these statistics, caregiving for ALZ and dementia patients is on the rise, and a significant portion of this care is provided in the home. Today on Caregivers, some tips and resources for creating a safe environment for your loved ones at home: In Home Safety: 10 Tips For Caregivers
Source for statistics: http://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2012.pdf