Sylvia is exhausted and stressed out. She has been on leave for five days taking care of her 82 year old mother who got hospitalized due to Pneumonia. A single mother of three teenagers with a special needs son felt that the world was crashing down on her.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2015), Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. Sylvia’s case is not a rare one. On average, American caregivers would spend 13 days each month on tasks such as housekeeping, medication, transportation, laundry and shopping.
So where is help when you need it? The federal government understands and has given great strides to help out however; assistance is not in any form of cash. You can check Benefits.gov which can be searched according to state, category or agency. Another resource that you could try out is the Eldecare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging which connects you to services for older adults and their families.
Hiring private caregivers for some families is the most convenient way to go. With just one call away, one could have a caregiver who comes in your house to provide medical and non-medical services. As per the Comprehensive Caregiver Pay Guide, Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aid pay ranges from $8.55 per hour and the salary of a caregiver ranges from about $7.89 to $14.20, with a median salary of $9.91. You can find more resources for your local caregiver agencies online.