Sunday, December 12, 2010

Family Caregivers of Veterans: A Difficult Task

Veteran care, a difficult task

December 12, 2010 - Recently the first national study giving a voice to family caregivers of veterans was released, and not surprisingly revealed that they are twice as likely to consider their situation highly stressful as compared to that of family caregivers of adults overall. And yet, 94 percent of them are proud to serve in that role.

The study, by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and funded by United Health Foundation, found that family caregivers of veterans face a higher burden of care, both in intensity and duration, often supporting a spouse or partner over a longer period of time than typical family caregivers. These caregivers also are predominantly women (96 percent) compared to the national average (65 percent), and many make sacrifices to their own health and jobs to care for their loved ones.

"The family caregivers who serve our country's veterans are making huge sacrifices in terms of their own health, careers and home life," said Reed Tuckson, M.D., United Health Foundation board member and executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group. {continued}

Caregivers of Veterans - Serving on the Homefront Report of Study Findings, Full Report November 2010 {99 page download} or view just below:

Caregivers of Veterans -

Caregivers of Veterans - Serving on the Homefront Report of Study Findings, Executive Summary November 2010 {20 page download-summary}

National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC)

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