- In the past five years, over 40 million family caregivers provided 37 billion hours of care for loved ones. The value of this care is estimated at $470 billion.
- At least 20% of adult children are taking care of an older parent.
- About 85% of family caregivers in the U.S. do not receive any respite care.
- The last phase of life is generally 4.5 to 5 years.
- Nearly half of family caregivers over age 40 handle medical tasks, from changing bandages to inserting catheters or feedings tubes. Among that group, only 47% say they have received adequate training to perform those tasks. But more than 90% of family caregivers say they value the experience.
- Nearly half of caregivers have trouble balancing work and caregiving.
- Men are more likely to have employers who are not supportive of their caregiving duties.
- Of working caregivers, 8% state that they have been sidelined from job-growth opportunities because of their caregiving responsibilities.
- Alzheimer’s disease and other mental health conditions are more stressful on caregivers than dealing with physical ailments.
- Half of adult caregivers say it’s moderately or very difficult to balance work and caregiving.
- Three-quarters of the respondents found it to be stressful, and more than half found it to be overwhelming.
- Depression affects 20 to 40% of all caregivers.
- In the U.S., most caregivers are female and the patient receiving home care is the caregiver’s mother.
- Women have been found to be more susceptible to caregiver burnout than men. Those who are responsible for helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a debilitating illness are also at a high risk of developing their own medical issues.
- Nine out of 10 caregivers surveyed said that even with all the burdens, caring for their loved one is worthwhile.
It’s easy to think of technology as the domain of the young. After all, kids’ lives today are uniquely steeped in technology in a way that is almost inconceivable to previous generations. However, youth is not a prerequisite for harnessing the vast potential of technology into positive outcomes. One sector particularly well-positioned for the benefits of embracing technology? Senior caregivers- those who care for seniors professionally and/or personally.
Thanks to years of research and development in designing it, with Zanthion’s state-of-the-art SMART Senior Care Platform, caregivers can now easily monitor your senior family members from the comfort of your own home. If for some reason, complications or sudden accidents arise, Zanthion’s SMART Living system will notify you as soon as they happen. SMART Living is designed to send personal notifications to your mobile device or tablet instantly, giving you live status updates of your loved one’s activities.
Unlike typical medical alert systems, Zanthion’s SMART Living compiles and organizes all the vital data you need to ensure the best care for your loved one. We provide users with critical information like how many times your family member has asked for assistance, if/when they have fallen throughout the day, how active they are day-to-day and much more. Aggregated data of your family member’s daily activities can be viewed with our easy-to-use app, which displays data in visually rich infographics.
Zanthion ensures “Quality of Life” for senior communities and aging-in-place populations with a Crowdsourced-IoT Sensor/Event-based Wellness and Security Platform that measures and monitors, in real-time, the health of companies, communities, and individuals with actionable predictive analytics, quality control assessments, and household and community security.
The Caregiver Burden can be lessened by adopting technology like the Zanthion SMART Senior Care Platform for senior loved ones that are Aging in Place as well as in Senior Living Communities. The result…Peace of Mind.