About one-quarter of the adult population, approximately 44.4 million Americans, is providing unpaid care to an adult loved one (National Alliance for Caregiving, AARP and the MetLife Foundation, 2004). These caregivers are present in an estimated 21% of 22.9 million households. In a world where more and more adult children are taking care of their aging parents, the stress of caregiving for a senior loved one is felt wide and far.
In addition to supporting a senior loved one, caretakers often have other responsibilities, such as a family or job. Caregivers report their own emotional stress, physical strain, or financial hardships as a result of caregiving responsibilities.
Fortunately, good options for caregiver support are popping up. The senior care industry is seeing an increase in a couple of respite care opportunities. In-home care providers and adult day care centers, also called adult day services, deliver much needed assistance. Providers, some of whom are specially trained or skilled, care for the senior when a caregiver and senior need additional support.
While in-home care is a viable option for some, adult day services are also a growing trend for supportive care outside the home without the commitment of an assisted living or nursing home.
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