Nearly everyone will be a caregiver at some point in life.And nearly everyone will need a little help providing that care.
Family caregivers in Wisconsin provided 538 million hours of care – worth an estimated $7 billion – to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s report, “Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update.”
Family caregivers report that the stress of their caregiving responsibilities affects their physical and emotional health, finances, and their jobs. We also know that the majority of caregivers are women – many sandwiched between raising children and caring for elderly parents or other adults with significant disabilities, while holding outside jobs. Here are a few statistics:
- 55% of family caregivers report being overwhelmed by the amount of care their family member needs.
- 38% of family caregivers report a moderate (20%) to high degree (18%) of financial strain as a result of providing care.
- In 2014, 60% of family caregivers had full- or part-time jobs.
Did you know...
- 15 to 20% of Americans working full- or part-time as estimated to provide informal caregiving to an adult family member, relative, or friend - a figure that is expected to rise over the next decade.
- 66% of caregiver employees have gone into work late, left early, or taken time off during the day to deal with caregiving issues.
- 20% of caregivers were forced to take a leave of absence from work.
- 10% of caregivers quit or take early retirement.
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Wisconsin Women’s Council
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