Facts and Figures – Caregivers
According to National Alliance for Caregiving, 21% of adults in the U.S. provide unpaid care to an adult age 18 or older.
Dane County is estimated to have 42,000 unpaid caregivers.
Family/unpaid caregivers of seniors and people with disabilities experience an average of $12,500 in out-of–pocket expenses per a year and typically provided care for 4 years.
Elderly spousal caregivers with a history of chronic illness have a 63% higher mortality rate than their non-caregiving peers.
Nationally, 62% of family/unpaid caregivers had to make some type of workplace accommodation in order to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities.
Employers of unpaid caregivers have $34 billion in costs annually due to missed days at work, workday emergencies, eldercare emergencies.
Poor health and increased stress affect caregivers’ ability to give care and can increase chances of institutionalization for the care recipient.