Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011
News from National Family Caregivers Association
More than 65 million parents, sons, daughters, spouses and others are family caregivers in the U.S., but many of them remain anonymous, according to National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA). November is National Family Caregivers (NFC) Month and this year's theme is "Identifying Family Caregivers." Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) representation company, is pleased to be an NFCA founding sponsor, and is offering free NFC Month posters and caregiver brochures to recognize America's family caregivers.
According to NFCA, a key strategy to help identify family caregivers is to include questions about whether someone is, or has, a family caregiver on medical intake forms. "Without such information, the role of a family caregiver in the health and well-being of a person with a chronic condition is essentially negated," said NFCA president and CEO Suzanne Mintz. "In some situations, it may be obvious that someone is or has a family caregiver, but if it isn't in the record, it may not be taken into account when developing a care plan for both parties." Mintz added that capturing caregiving information on official medical records can help ensure that caregivers' roles, as well as their own health, receive more attention.
In an effort to better identify and understand caregivers with high burdens, NFCA and Allsup surveyed more than 1,500 NFCA members. The NFCA/Allsup Family Caregiver Survey provides insights on family caregivers' needs, interests and concerns.
Among survey findings:
--Nearly one-half (45 percent) have household incomes less than $40,000.
--More than one-third (36 percent) care for a spouse or partner, and 42 percent care for a parent.
--Nearly one in 10 (9 percent) of responding caregivers and about a quarter (27 percent) of their care recipients receive some type of disability insurance, with Social Security Disability Insurance being the primary type for both groups.
--Nearly half (47 percent) of the responding caregivers were interested in getting help with Social Security disability claims.
--Nearly two-thirds (60 percent) were interested in getting help with Medicare plan selection.
Read full news release on NFCA's website
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