Madison’s Family Caregivers Need Respite: Lift The Burden With In-Home Care


Madison’s Family Caregivers Need Respite: Lift the Burden with In-Home Care

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of family caregivers surveyed in Madison say they would “never ask for help” with in-home care, but numerous studies show they need support. And we can help!

Read on to review the research and find out how our in-home care teams are lifting the burden in Madison, WI, or call (608)-315-2378 to speak directly with an in-home care coordinator.

Studies Show In-Home Care Providers Need Help In Madison, WI

Are you providing unpaid in-home care for a loved one? You’re not alone. According to the AARP’s Caregiving in the United States 2020 report, nearly 1 in 5 (19%) of Americans are now providing unpaid care to an adult with health or functional needs.

Do you feel you need help? It might be difficult to admit—74% of Madison caregivers never ask for help, according to the 2019 Family Caregiver Survey by the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance—but seeking respite could save your life.

Caregiver burden is a now a recognized medical condition defined by the International Journal of Nursing Science as “the strain or load borne by a person who cares for a chronically ill, disabled, or elderly family member” (Liu et al., 2020): Symptoms include:

  • Decreased care provision or a reduction in quality of in-home care
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Physical and psychological health deterioration—more than 50% of family in-home care providers report “chronic health issues such as heart problems and hypertension,” along with physical fatigue and feelings of depression, anger, worry, guilt, and anxiety (Liu et al., 2020)

“Caregivers are stressed beyond belief because they’re often working,” said Devon Christianson, executive director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County. “They may have children of their own at home… and they’re having to navigate all of this stuff while keeping their heads above water” (Eilbert, 2022).

To lift the burden, some caregivers sought respite through Madison’s adult day care programs, but many of these facilities were shuttered due to COVID-19. Today, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there are only 115 active adult day care centers (ADCCs) across the state, which is nowhere near enough to deal with the growing demand for care.

According to the Survival Coalition Consumer Survey, released in 2016, 85% of Wisconsin care institutes are understaffed with direct care workers, and 95% of people surveyed indicated that it was either “very hard” or “somewhat hard” to find in-home care providers.

Find Respite In Madison, WI: In-Home Care Anytime, Anywhere

If you’re looking for help with your loved one’s in-home care needs, look no further. Always Best Care is a trusted provider of in-home care solutions for families throughout Dane County and the surrounding areas, including the communities of:

  • Waunakee
  • Sun Prairie
  • Stoughton
  • Verona
  • Fitchburg
  • Middletone
  • Monona, and beyond

We offer a complete continuum of in-home care services, ranging from basic companionship and housekeeping to specialized in-home care for dementia patients and seniors living with disabilities. Whatever you choose, we guarantee:

  • Responsive respite care, available 24/7
  • Flexible in-home care services, with no 4-hour minimums or lengthy contracts required
  • Superior in-home care quality, thanks to our stringent training, screening, and performance review processes
  • Personalized care services tailored to your loved one’s unique needs and preferences
  • COVID-safe service

To learn more about how we’re helping Madison’s unpaid in-home care providers lift the burden and live better, you can:

References

Liu, Z., HEffernan, C., & Tan, J. (2020). Caregiver burden: A concept analysis. International Journal of Nursing Science, 7(4): 438-445.

Eilbert, N. (2022, July 13). The pandemic only worsened the quality of life for family caregivers. It’s an ongoing problem with no end in sight, experts say. Green Bay Press Gazette.

Prudencio, G., & Young, H. (2020). Caregiving in the US 2020: What does the latest edition of this survey tell us about their contributions and needs?. Innovation in Aging, 4(Supplement 1), 681.

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