Who will take care of YOU? – The Future of Family Caregiving

Today, the majority of long-term services and supports are done by family members, like a spouse or a son/daughter. However, one new study of caregiver populations found that the number of family members able to provide care will likely be insufficient to meet future needs.

The Caregiver Support Ratio – Declining Quickly

2010 – 7:1 (caregivers to every adult over 80)
2022 – 4:1 (caregivers to every adult over 80)
2050 – 3:1 (caregivers to every adult over 80)

This illuminating statistic examines how many potential family caregivers, including adult children, between the ages of 45-64 exist for every adult over the age of 80. Adults over the age of 80 are the most in need of long-term services and supports, and adults between 45-64 are the current leading providers of that care. In 2013, over 40 million family caregivers provided a whopping $470 billion worth of long-term services and supports. Many of those caregivers also offered a level of care consistent with skilled nursing care and not merely basic support. With caregiver ratio’s decreasing it is inevitable that there will be a major impact on the future demand for caregivers as less and less resources are available to provide needed services. This will have a major effect on the ability of seniors to pay for care that was traditionally provided by family members.

In 2010, the caregiver support ratio had over 7 potential long-term services and supports caregivers for every adult over the age of 80. However, that ratio is rapidly declining. In only 12 years, the ratio will drop to 4 caregivers for every adult over 80. As long as trends continue as they are, the ratio will fall again to 3 to 1 in 2050.

Why Is the Ratio Changing?

In large part, the ratio is changing because families are changing. Many adults in the Baby Boomer generation had smaller families than their parents did. Current family sizes are also shrinking, which decreases the number of available long-term services and supports providers for every elder. The need for care is also expected to increase, as adults live longer and the population grows larger. There is an anticipated 96% increase in population for adults 65 and older from 2013 to 2050.

What Will the Future Hold?

The ratio won’t be fixed by everyone having bigger families! Instead, new care solutions must be developed and refined to meet the new and increased need. The future will also hold other people, like friends and neighbors, stepping in to fill the care roles previously held by children. Technology is also expected to play a role in closing the care gap, from smart homes and robots to telehealthcare services.

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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