Caregiver Research Findings

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care discusses some research findings about senior caregivers to determine their level of knowledge and awareness when it comes to important information about their senior loved ones.

    Mary Alexander: Hello! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today, I am going to discuss some research findings about family caregivers. 600 future family caregivers were surveyed to determine their level of knowledge and awareness, when it comes to important information about, their senior loved ones.

    The respondents were asked how much they know about their parent's medical histories, medication usage, important documents such as wills, financial records, and advanced medical directives. And whether, they know the names and contact information of their service providers, insures, attorneys, bankers and physicians.

    Well, survey participants overall felt they were informed about their parent's health situation. But key findings indicate there are many important knowledge gaps. Less than half, a future caregiver say, that they are knowledgeable enough about, their parents medical history, to be able to provide detail incase of an emergency.

    Three out of ten future caregivers that's 31% don't know how many medications their parents take and approximately half or 49% are not able to name any of the medications taken by their parents each day.

    Nearly, half of future caregivers, 48% say their parents have allergies to medications but are not able to name any of those allergies. Seven in ten future caregivers or 70% are not able to name their parents blood type. In addition, to these statistics nearly, two-thirds of the respondents surveyed that 64% have parents with at least two medical or health conditions. Understanding the relationship between multiple medical conditions can be challenging for family care givers and their aging parents.

    According to the survey, more, than one-third of the respondent's parents or 39% have seen four or more different types of medical doctors in the last year, with the most visits made to primary care physicians, internal medicine doctors and cardiologist. Nearly, half of their parents or 47% take three or more prescriptions over the kind of medications and supplements each day.

    The average number of medications taken each day is 3.

    4. Six in ten future caregivers or 60% say, they are knowledgeable about their parent's plans or wishes incase of an emergency. But fewer than half or 47% say, they are knowledgeable about their parents medical histories, incase of an emergency.

    Two in five future caregivers or 44% have never tried to ask their parents for information, about their medications, names of their doctors, insurance providers or plans for the future. Even though nearly two-thirds or 65% say, their parents are willing to talk about this information.

    The overall conclusion whether you are a future or a current family caregiver is that we need to become better informed about our senior's vital health and life information. The more we know, the more we can help our aging parents when they needed most.