What you need to know about nursing – Orange County Register

The month of November is National Caregiving Month. Nursing is an equal opportunity phenomenon. According to former first lady Rosalynn Carter there There are only four types of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are current caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”

President Clinton signed the first National Nurses Month Proclamation recognizing and honoring family caregivers each November. Subsequent presidents have done the same.

Take this short quiz that may improve your perspective on nursing.

1. Formal and informal caregivers differ according to their remuneration.

TRUE. A informal caregiver is an unpaid person such as a spouse, partner, family member or friend. Formal caregivers are paid for their services, providing care at home or in a day care setting, or an inpatient or long-term care facility.

2. Each year, more than 53 million informal carers provide most of the support that enables older people and people with disabilities to live in their communities.

TRUE. One in five Americans offers family care support this corresponds to 53 million nurses. Your support includes assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, going to the toilet and dressing. There are also grocery shopping and meal prep tasks, medical appointments, housekeeping, and managing multiple medications.

3. In 2017, the annual contribution of unpaid caregiving to older adults by family members was estimated at $100 billion.

NOT CORRECT. The actual contribution of unpaid care is $470 billion. According to that National strategy to support family carersThe current US long-term service and support system could not function without the contributions of unpaid caregivers.

4. There is a gender gap among family caregivers, with 50 percent males and 50 percent females.

NOT CORRECT. Although there is a trend for more men to become family caregivers, 61 percent of family caregivers are women. Caring responsibilities often have different implications for women’s financial security, including their retirement.

5. The average age of an employed family caregiver is 46 years.

TRUE. Around 70 percent are women.

6. Among family caregivers, 25 percent suffer from depression.

NOT CORRECT. A November 2021 study from insurance company Genworth found that 42 percent of caregivers suffer from depression, mood swings or resentment. Additionally, 30 percent reported sleep deprivation and 43 percent said so have caring responsibilities negative impact on relationships with their spouse or partner.

7. Families spend an average of $3,000 per year on primary care costs.

NOT CORRECT. It’s more like $7,000 that can have a long-term impact on caregivers’ health, relationships, mental and emotional well-being, and finances. It can even affect family members’ ability to take care of themselves.

8. The US is ranked #2 when it comes to providing the best aged care in the world.

NOT CORRECT. The US is number 6. Norway is the first country to recognize its strong sense of community and its offer of 100 percent pension protection and financial security for older adults. Next is Sweden, followed by Switzerland, Germany, Canada, the US and finally the UK.

9. About half of family caregivers work.

NOT CORRECT. It’s closer to two-thirds. Among caring relatives, the figure is also 61 percent To work other occupations. More than 1 in 6 work full-time or part-time in addition to helping care for an elderly or disabled family member, relative or friend. Those who work at least 15 hours a week say their caring help has had a significant impact on their working lives.

10. On average, family caregivers provide around 25 hours of care per week.

TRUE. Caregivers spend an average of 24.4 hours per week on caregiving, with almost one in four spending 41 hours per week. The majority (82 percent) care for an adult; 15 percent care for two adults and 3 percent care for three or more adults.

So what can each of us do to help caregivers and show appreciation? Write a thoughtful card to say thank you. Prepare a meal and add fresh flowers. Consider regular visits to give the caregiver some time off.

To quote former President Barack Obama in his 2014 presidential proclamation, “…we honor those people who play difficult and arduous roles, and…recommit ourselves to uplifting these Americans as they care for loved ones while maintaining their dignity.” and protect individuality.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/20/successful-aging-what-you-need-to-know-about-caregiving/ What you need to know about nursing – Orange County Register

Adam Bradshaw

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