The Truth About Family Caregivers and Home Medical Care

Traditional family caregivers help with bathing, dressing and household management. But nearly half of those caregivers also provide medical assistance — some with little to no training.If you could keep your loved one in the comfort of their own home and out of a nursing facility simply by assisting with their household management and personal care, would you do it? What if it meant taking care of medical tasks normally performed by professionals?Family Caregivers and Home Medical CareAs it turns out, nearly half of all family caregivers are doing medical tasks, according to a study by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute.This is why many families are choosing assisted living over having to perform these medical responsibilities.The study, which surveyed 1,677 caregivers, found that:69% of home care recipients were age 65 or older and 40% were over age 8046% of caregivers performed medical or nursing tasks for loved

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