According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), caregiving is an important public health issue that affects the quality of life for millions of individuals. 1 in 4 women are Caregivers. 20% are 65 years or older. 37% care for a parent or a parent-in-law. 1 in 6 non-Caregivers expect to become a Caregiver within 2 years.
Informal, or unpaid Caregivers, are the backbone of long-term care provided in people’s homes. The physical and mental burden on Caregivers, due to the range of demanding tasks they perform, can lead to bigger problems, such as, unnecessary hospitalizations and missed annual visits for the one they are caring for.
At VirtuALZ we know supporting the Caregiver is crucial to the overall health and wellness of the family. Born out of the Glenner Organization’s rich history, we know the state of Caregiving can improve.
Through thoughtful adoption of GLENNERCARE and its programmatic elements, VirtuALZ has expanded its service-centric approach to Caregiver support.
Caregivers have their own unique health needs and can often be at increased risk of having additional diseases due to the stress they are under. They may not seek or receive the care they need as a result of focusing their care on others. Additionally, the CDC reports that over half of Caregivers indicate a decline in their health.
The Caregiver experience is becoming more common. It is anticipated that the number of Caregivers will increase as the population continues to age. Now is the time to act to ensure the Caregiver journey is supported.
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