A "family caregiver" is anyone who provides any type of physical and/or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one, typically without pay.
It is a myth that most of our nation’s elderly are cared for in nursing homes or health care institutions. Family members and friends primarily provide most long-term care at home in the United States: 58% of care recipients 50 or older live in their own home and 20% live with their caregiver. Only 11% live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Caregiving delivered via family and friends results in significant savings to the government, health care institutions and agencies that would otherwise be responsible for delivering care. In fact, the contributions represented by the care delivered by informal and family caregivers add up to about $375 billion each year.
Most family caregivers don't have the time or resources to travel hours for support needed. We will be coordinating efforts in rural areas of Mississippi in order to bring information to the caregiver by hosting hands on seminars and workshops.
Our goal is to help provide information, education and support for the family caregivers in Mississippi. This will allow family caregivers to make informed decisions for their loved ones, find support for themselves and make the most of the time with their loved ones.