Long-Distance Care Providers Are in Top 10 % – Can Afford Private Pay Long Term Care.
An excellent article in the New York Times about long-distance care providers shows that the majority of long-distance care providers are in the top 10% and can afford care managers and home care. Family caregivers in the lower 90% of the economy who live very close to aging loved ones – can render direct parent care but have less income to afford home care or care management. Why- family care providers who live near their aging parents statistically have only a high school education and thus cannot afford private pay long-term care.
Families at a Distance Highly Educated, Have Higher Incomes
The reason adult children at a distance, can afford private pay long-term care, cited by the NYT article, is long-distance care providers, remain devoted to being their parent’s family caregivers, even at a large cost to them mentally and physically because of distance. But they are in the top 10% economically because they have college and professional degrees and thus are much more likely to live much farther from their parents because of their professional employment.
They are a highly educated group with 70% reporting a college degree or graduate school. They are quite affluent: 50% reported an income of $75,000 or much higher. Eighty-five percent owned their own home. The majority were working: 62% full-time and 18% part-time.
This means they can afford to private pay for long-term care, compared to those with high school education, in part because they have more job opportunities in faraway big cities or states. The high school graduate’s income is less than a college-educated caregiver therefore they can rarely afford home care or care management or private pay long-term care.
Long-Distance Care Providers Become Desperate to Get Help From Private Pay Long Term Care
Long-distance care providers are flying or driving to both visit and care for an aging family member. But these far-away family caregivers become exhausted as care needs increase and become desperate for a solution, which is a care management and home care. These long-distance providers adult children usually understand that their parents are deteriorating with age and are savvy enough that they have researched options and already found you on the web ( a reason to have a great website).
Families at a Distance Pay up to $8000 a year or more Traveling to Aging Parents
Those caregivers who live between 1 and 3 hours from the care recipient report spend an average of $386 per month; those who live more than 3 hours away report a monthly expenditure of $674.So Long Distance care providers spend between an additional $4632 and $ 8088 a year in care . A care manager can do a caregiver assessment of the long-distance caregiver, allowing you to help them with the stress and expense of constant emergency travel, (Read Assessing and Supporting the Family Caregiver in Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, 4th edition.)
What Can Care Managers and Private Duty Home Care Do for Long Distance Care Providers?
Care Managers can bring them vital tools for better sibling and family communication like technology that they can use, to help aging families from a distance . Recommending Family dashboards and communication platforms like Slack, Google Chat, and Microsoft Teams, among others, allow their family care team to work in a cohesive way. You as the care manager can arrange private duty homecare so when the long-distance care provider visits they can be ” Just Family”.
When emergencies occur the care manager can be at the home or hospital immediately, and judge whether the hospitalization warrants an emergency trip to family or friend emergency flight, by keeping long-distance caregivers informed, thus reducing stress, unnecessary travel, and loss of time at work or actually losing jobs ( Working With Long Distance Families: Tools the Care Manager Can use) Care Managers Working With the Aging Family
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