Survey highlights biggest concerns of caregivers

Caregivers concerned with respite care, finances and their own health, survey showsA new survey conducted by The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and Allsup, a provider of Social Security Disability Insurance, found that caregivers are concerned about taking care of themselves, lack of respite care and financial needs.

Of the 1,579 caregivers surveyed, 84 percent of them were worried around their own personal health, 83 percent feared they didn't have enough respite care and 75 percent had feelings of isolation. In addition, 91 percent were concerned with caregiver mental health.

"Many family caregivers take on a significant and sustained burden of care," said NFCA president and CEO Suzanne Mintz. "This survey confirms that. More than one-half of the respondents have been in their caregiving role for five years or longer, one-third care for more than one person, and they assist with more daily activities than a typical family caregiver."

Those who are caring for an aging adult and feel as though it is too much should look into retirement living communities. This type of senior care allows the older adults to be around their peers and gives the caregiver some peace of mind knowing their loved one can receive help whenever they need it.