What is Senior Care?

The popular trend in senior care is to have a caregiver who provides in home care in order for family members to continue their busy lifestyles without making schedule changes. Statistics provided by the Family Caregiver Alliance shows that there are more than forty million caregivers in the United States, and the number increases yearly. This figure includes in home care as well as inpatient elder care. There are also numerous personal care facilities available for the older citizen living away from home.

  • There are two types of caregivers, the informal caregiver who is usually a family member or friend, and the formal caregiver who is a paid caregiver and can also be a family member. The paid caregiver can work either in a private home or a facility.
  • More than thirty four million caregivers who are unpaid have provided senior care for adult family members over the age of fifty.
  • Caregiving has become more wide spread with the need for senior care increasing, especially in the for profit industry.
  • The National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2013 and 2014, there were more than 12,400 independent and state agencies in the United States, both nonprofit and for profit.
  • The proportion of for profit agencies in 2014 was about eighty percent, with the nonprofit agencies being at twenty percent. Nonprofit agencies depend on funding from the state and charitable organizations, with patient care expenses coming from family members or the senior's source of income.
  • Over the past decade informal caregivers have provided services in excess value of over $470 Billion dollars, and this is steadily increasing due to the over four million older adults in personal care facilities.
  • Formal caregivers are provided with annual training to assure families that they are getting the best care for their loved one. Much of the training is done in house, but some agencies require in depth training from a reputable education venue.
  • Services provide by formal caregivers can be minimal or extensive depending on the needs of the patient. They work with families to ensure that all fundamental needs, and some extra, are meet.
  • The average recipient of care from a caregiver is female which makes up about sixty nine percent of people receiving care, and the average age is sixty nine.
  • Caregiver who work more than twenty one hours per week are more likely to be taking care of spouses, mates, or life partners who have spent years together. Many families who cannot care for two people at the same time find it more appropriate for the two to be together during their years of elder care.


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Jesse Rausa

Oct 2018


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