By Metro Creative
Even though thousands of trained professionals play vital roles in the care of the aging population, many of the unsung heroes of long-term care are the unpaid or informal caregivers who step in to provide assistance to someone they love.
A 2019 study published in the journal Geriatric Nursing found approximately 16.6 percent of the United States population age 18 and older self-identify as informal caregivers who provide care for adults with health conditions and disabilities.
Assistance needs range from old age care requirements for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to impaired mobility assistance. Furthermore, Assisting Hands Home Care says roughly six in 10 family caregivers also work full- or part-time. While it can be a noble effort to step in and provide care to a friend or family member, caregiving can be time-consuming and emotionally and physically demanding, particularly for those who also are balancing careers and families.
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