Support for Spousal Caregivers

 

A new report from the United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute shows that spouses who are caregivers perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do—a range of medical/nursing tasks including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more—and they do so with greater frequency than other family caregivers, who are mostly adult children. Nearly two-thirds of spouses who are family caregivers performed such tasks (65 percent), compared to 42 percent of nonspousal caregivers.

Compared to other caregivers, spouses were less likely to receive in-home support from health care professionals and less likely to receive help from family or friends or home care aides. Spouses were on average a decade older than nonspousal caregivers (median age 64 versus 54). They were also poorer, less likely to be employed, and less educated than nonspousal caregivers.

The report calls for additional research to help tailor interventions that support but do not supplant the primary bond between spouses.

The new report Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to Their Spouses documents new findings drawn from additional analysis of data based on a December 2011 national survey of 1,677 family caregivers, 20 percent of whom were spouses or partners. Earlier findings were published in the groundbreaking report Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care and in an earlier publication in this series focused on caregiver sub-populations, Employed Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care.

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