Family Care Giver Burn-out: Home Care Recipients have more than Doubled, with Public Funding Remaining Relatively Flat

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27% of family caregivers are experiencing burn-out related health problems. Coastal Home Health Care sees an alarming trend with the increase in the deterioration of health within the families providing the care. Homecare for a vast majority requires skilled registered nursing services to oversee a care plan that will best suit the person’s needs. Being that nursing care makes up 46% of homecare needs, agencies like Coastal Home Health Care are focused on providing the highest possible standard of nursing care, with the most affordable delivery system.

Coastal Home Health Care (CHHC) reports that an increasing amount of seniors are choosing to live in their home as long as possible into their later years, and are using their own resources to purchase home care services privately, or are forced to rely on family caregivers to assist them.

Because of the increase in demand of homecare services, the lack of public funding, complex and rapidly changing health conditions, 27% of family caregivers are experiencing burn-out related health problems. Coastal Home Health Care sees an alarming trend with the increase in the deterioration of health within the families providing the care.

Family caregivers are experiencing heavier workloads, with half of all home care recipients reporting their health as “poor” or “fair”; 56% had two or more chronic conditions, numerous medications, and medical devices. As a reflection of medical severity among home care patients, 28% of them have spent eight or more nights in hospital in the last year (Canadian Healthcare Association, 2009). Homecare for a vast majority requires skilled registered nursing services to oversee a care plan that will best suit the person’s needs.

Being that nursing care makes up 46% of homecare needs (Canadian Healthcare Association, 2009), agencies like Coastal Home Health Care are focused on providing the highest possible standard of nursing care, with the most affordable delivery system. CHHC is unique in that they have a highly qualified registered nurse with acute and chronic medical experience on staff to oversee client care plans, liaison with other health professionals, engage family members in decision making, and providing frequent assessments in the client’s home. Hiring the appropriate skill level of staff is a necessity to keep costs down, ensuring client’s are safe, and quality of life is at its highest.

Family caregivers need support, respite care, and professional assistance to minimize the daily burden contributing to caregiver burn-out. In the absence of publicly funded home care services, skilled private providers can enable not only the home care recipient to maintain their independence, but also to preserve the well being of their caregivers.

For more information about Coastal Home Health Care Services or for tips on preventing caregiver burnout, visit http://www.coastalhhc.com.

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