10 Ways to Get Paid While Taking Care of a Family Member
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Many of us get to a point when we recognize that an elderly member of our family needs support. Maybe we notice that they are having difficulties with everyday tasks, forgetting their medications, and having trouble running errands. At times, it reaches a stage when we realize that our loved one requires more than a helping hand. They need full-time care.
In the United States, family members provide the vast majority of care services to older adults that need assistance to continue living in their own homes. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA), friends and family members provide almost 80 percent of long-term family care. The vast majority of them are unpaid.
According to research conducted by the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving in 2015, more than 40 million American adults provided unpaid care to a family member in the previous 12 months. Of those, around 34 million cared for someone above the age of 50, and 16 million looked after a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
On average, family caregivers spent approximately 25 hours a week caring for their loved ones, although in some cases their services might take them more than 40 hours. The tasks typically involve more than assisting with daily living, and caregivers often have to perform tasks that are usually done by a nurse.