10 Tips for Choosing a Caregiver for an Elder

10 Tips for Choosing a Caregiver for an Elder

Over 41 million Americans have a chronic health condition that limits their daily activities in some way, according to the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, and 12 million are unable to live independently. Of the one out of ve elders who have attained age 85, more than half are impaired and need long-term care, that is, the personal assistance that enables them to perform daily routines such as eating, bathing, and dressing. Most people want to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible. For those who are elderly and have disabilities, that may be possible only with outside help.

Most people who need help with their daily activities rely on unpaid care provided them by family members and friends. More and more, however, seniors and their families are recognizing the benets of hiring caregivers, to help stay in their homes longer, in comfort and safety, and to give families peace of mind. Likewise, many states and the federal government are now setting aside some funds to allow people who otherwise could not aord it to pay for outside help.

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