Senior caregivers, both paid as professionals and family caregivers, are growing as the aging population increases. In just the last decade, more than 4,000 new senior care agencies have opened their doors, to assist families in caregiving.
The National Alliance for Caregiving conducts research and advocacy for caregiving and pulls together both private corporations and associations who serve caregivers.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees who work for a company with 50 or more employees and are caring for a spouse, parent or child with a serious health condition to take unpaid leave from work. This means an adult child who needs to assist a parent with caregiving needs may take off 12 work weeks without pay during any 12-month period.
Family caregivers often work full-time, as a the Caregiving Alliance reports:
46% of Caregivers Work Full-time
11% of Caregivers Work Part-time
15% of Caregivers are Retired
10% of Caregivers are Homemakers
7% of Caregivers are Unemployed and Looking for Work
11% of Caregivers are Students or Disabled
Senior care options in the U.S.A. include senior home care, assisted living communities who may charge extra for caregiving and nursing home care. You may research the costs of nursing homes nationwide on Caregiverlist. Find the daily costs of a private or shared room in a nursing home and the Medicaid and Medicare nursing homes in your area.