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The Struggles of Volunteer In-Home Caregivers

Posted by Rachel Alden on Apr 21, 2014 9:34:17 AM

Starting in 2009, Southeast Washington Aging and Long Term Care offices across Washington state used a new screening tool to better determine the immediate needs of volunteer caregivers. The test was developed by Rhonda Montgomery, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The screening of more than 230 caregivers across the state showed that:

• 63 percent said their stress level was high in dealing with a family member needing in-home care.

• 78 percent indicated they experienced a high level of negative impacts on employment, incomes, friendships, hobbies, responsibilities to their children or other family members and other personal obligations and needs.

• 59 percent felt they, at times, struggle with a high level of depressive feelings in regard to caregiving.

• The overall evaluation indicated 83 percent of those screened reported struggle with “identity discrepancies.”

“This means the caregiver is facing a difficult inconsistency with what they believe is their identity toward, for example, their aging mother who might be struggling with dementia,” said caregiver support program coordinator Lynne Van Horn said.

For example, instead of their mom being the steady rock of the family that she once was, she now throws childlike tantrums about food and says her grown children hate her. This isn’t how the caregiver wants to relate to her mother, and the caregiver feels guilty, angry and depressed.

Screenings since 2010 are indicating the percentages reporting stressful burdens is staying about the same.

From The Daily Record article.

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Home Care Aides Demanding Better Pay

Posted by Rachel Alden on Mar 31, 2014 9:20:50 AM

According to WWLP Boston, caregivers in Massachusetts are asking the state for better pay, saying that increased wages will inspire more people to join the profession to care for the elderly.

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Ensuring High Quality Home Care

Posted by Rachel Alden on Mar 21, 2014 1:42:21 PM

This week, Forbes.com posted an article entitled "We All Want to Live at Home in Old Age, But Know Nothing About the Quality of Care We Will Get There." In the article, Howard Gleckman outlines concerns about the lack of quality measures and reporting for non-Medicare certified home care, specifically for long-term home care funded by Medicaid, private pay home care, and home care provided by family or friends.

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Caring for Home Care Workers

Posted by Rachel Alden on Mar 6, 2014 5:55:31 PM

Olympia Dukakis wrote an opinion article for CNN on treating home care workers well. As the need for in-home caregivers expands exponentially across the United States, private duty home care agencies need to consider ways to attract and retain employees who will help our elderly age in place.

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Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, AARP report says

Posted by Crystal Parks on Aug 27, 2013 9:47:00 AM

In a recent article by the Washington Post, the number of family members to care for their elders will drop to three to one as cited in the latest AARP Report, "The Aging of the Baby Boom and the Growing Caring Gap: A Look at the Future Declines in the Availability of Family Caregivers."

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Topics: AARP Report, caregivers, home care industry

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