November is National Family Caregiver Month
You or someone you know is probably a caregiver: More than 53 million Americans (one in five) provide unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs.
In Ohio, approximately 1.5 million unpaid caregivers provide more than 1.27 billion hours of unpaid care each year.
More and more families are stepping up to provide care to an older loved one. Older adults want to remain in their homes as long as possible as they age, and there’s a critical shortage of home care workers to help them.
Many family caregivers are juggling multiple responsibilities, including managing a career and raising young children, in addition to caring for an older adult. And, many caregivers are trying to help from afar.
Help is available. Council on Aging connects caregivers to programs and services that can help them better manage all the responsibilities in their lives, while also helping their loved one remain independent.