• All Work, No Pay: New Study Shows That Caring for a Senior Parent is Equal to Working Second Job

    Posted on July 26, 2010 by in Featured

    Multi-Media Educational Support Series Launching
    In July to Help Family Caregivers

    OMAHA, NE (July 12, 2010) — Nearly half of the nation’s family caregivers are working two jobs: one for money and the other for love.

    A five-year study conducted for the Home Instead Senior CareĀ® network revealed that 42 percent of caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week caring for a senior parent themselves.

    “That’s the equivalent of working a second job,” said Paul Hogan, co-founder and chairman of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the largest provider of non-medical in-home care and companionship services for seniors in the world. “We see families struggling every day to cope with caring for a senior parent, but the struggle is made even more difficult for the estimated three-quarters of family caregivers who do have regular jobs outside the home. Imagine, with the busy lives we all lead today, the stress inherent in taking on another job – one that does not pay, no less.”

    In the study, family caregivers also stated that their own personal health and job were affected by the toll of caregiving. Fifty-eight percent say they are getting ill more frequently and that caregiving is taking a toll on their jobs. Furthermore, 81 percent say their loved ones’ needs are becoming overwhelming compared with 73 percent who thought so just four years earlier.

    That’s why practical coping strategies and support from geriatric care managers, Area Agencies on Aging and companies like Home Instead Senior Care are so vital. So is education, which led Home Instead Senior Care to launch an educational series, Caring for Your Parents: Education for the Family Caregiver.

    This family caregiver support series examines a number of critical topics such as choosing an in-home care provider, the signs of aging, long distance caregiving and communicating with aging parents. Materials and videos are available at www.caregiverstress.com. Educational seminars are being held in many local communities across North America.

    Founded in 1994 in Omaha, the Home Instead Senior CareĀ® network is the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 875 independently owned and operated franchises in 14 countries and 15 markets, spanning four continents. Home Instead Senior Care local offices employ 65,000+ CAREGiversSM who provide more than 40 million hours of client service each year through activities including companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, errands and shopping. Home Instead Senior Care found