November is National Family Caregiver’s Month!

“National Family Caregivers Month is a time to reflect on the compassion and dedication that family caregivers embody every day…..I encourage all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.”    –  President, Barack Obama

Every year, family caregivers provide $375-450 billion worth of uncompensated care for their loved ones.  Yes, you read right – Billion.  That’s almost twice as much as what is spent on formal home care and on nursing home services combined.

Consider the following:

  • Over 65 million caregivers (29% of the US adult population) provide care for someone who is an older adult, chronically ill or has a disability.
  • About 19%, or 43.5 million, provide care for someone over the age of 50.
  • Over 55% of caregivers are employed and more than 37% share households with children or grandchildren under the age of 18.
  • Roughly 66% of caregivers are female.
  • 34% care for two people.
  • While the average age of caregivers is 48, 51% of caregivers are between the ages of 18-49.
  • Of those providing care for someone 65 or older, the average age of caregivers is 63, and 1/3 of those are in poor health themselves.
  • For those caring for a parent, the total aggregate lost wages, pensions and social security benefits is nearly $3 trillion

The Housing Bureau for Seniors’ Housing & Caregiver Counseling program:

  • Assists caregivers and seniors who need assistance with decision-making around housing options and long-term care services to support aging in place.
  • Provides tools to evaluate the older adult’s functional, in-home supports and housing needs.
  • Prepares the caregiver with tools to evaluate and analyze housing options, long-term care options and financial resources.
  • Evaluates the older adults’ financial resources, housing and home safety and caregiving and social supports.
  • Identifies contributing factors that will impact how in-home supports and needed housing will be paid for and how they will be accessed.
  • Maintains information on senior-specific housing options in Washtenaw County.

If you are a caregiver and need assistance, please call us at 734-998-9339 or email housingbureauseniors@umich.edu.

Every year since 1997, Presidents have issued an annual proclamation.  Here are highlights from this year’s Presidential Proclamation:

Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones.  During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.

Across America, daughters and sons balance the work of caring for aging parents with the demands of their careers and raising their own children. Spouses and partners become caregivers to the ones they love even as they navigate their own health challenges.

Mothers and fathers resume care for children returning home as wounded warriors. Friends and relatives form networks to support loved ones with disabilities. All of them give selflessly to bring comfort, social engagement, and stability to those they love.

Family caregivers have an immeasurable impact on the lives of those they assist, but their hours are long and their work is hard. Many put their own lives on hold to lift up someone close to them.

National Family Caregivers Month is a time to reflect on the compassion and dedication that family caregivers embody every day…..I encourage all Americans to pay tribute to those who provide for the health and well-being of their family members, friends, and neighbors.