General Information

  • Many families are very involved in taking care of their elderly family members, as well as some of their neighbors and friendsf.  As people live longer, more live alone.  They are also more likely to develop disabling conditions that require more everyday care. 
  • The person who is ill usually has doctors, nurses and specialists to care for him.  Who is taking care of the close family member who is brokenhearted or heartsick?  When people suffer, those who love them suffer vicariously; and that can take a terrible toll. 

  • Caring for the Elderly.  Those most in need of help are elderly individuals with dementia or who have difficulties taking care of their own basic needs, from dressing and bathing to preparing their own food and managing their medications and finances, among other daily tasks.

  • When you become a caregiver for someone who is elderly, ill, or disabled, you are walking on a humble path of Christian discipleship—a path that will enrich your life with new meaning. 
Statistics
  • There is currently a tremendous growth in population among the elderly.  34 million adults care for adults 50 and older.  8.9 million care for someone with dementia.  The fastest growing segment of our population is those who are 85 years of age and older.  The population of 65 and older is expected to increase from 12% in 2002 to 20% of our population in 2030.  About 65% of people age 85 to 89 need help.  Of those 90 and older, only 25% do not need assistance.  (Source:  Family Caregiver Alliance, November 2016)

  • Having a seriously ill spouse can increase the caregiver’s risk of death.
  • An estimated 44 million Americans provide care for ill, elderly or disabled adult family members or other loved ones.  An additional 6 million care for children under the age of 18 who have mental or developmental disabilities.  (Source: A new snapshot of America's 44 million family caregivers," Forbes.com, June 2015) 
  • 80% of long-term care is shouldered by unpaid family caregivers.  Caring for another person can be exhausting, frustrating and lonely 24 hours a day life.  It is both physically and mentally demanding, with symptoms of depression found in 40-70% of caregivers.  About 2/3 of caregivers are women, and 14% who care for older adults are themselves age 65 or more.  (Source:  Long Term Care, longtermcare.gov, 2016)

  • Unpaid family members are the largest source of long-term care services in America.  It would cost more than $257 billion a year to replace informal caregiving.  Nearly half of caregivers are employed full time, and as many as 3/4 of caregivers are female.  (Source:  Family Caregiver Alliance, 2016)
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Family Caregivers Support Program

(509) 458-7450

Providence Adult Day Health
6018 N Astor
Spokane, WA   99208
509-482-2475
fairhul@hfadc.org
http://washington.providence.org/senior-care/spokane-adult-day-health/

Caring for the Elderly and Caregivers.  Providing respite for caregivers, nursing, rehabilitation, case management, and activities for loved ones. 

Spokane Helpline
Community-Minded Enterprises program
(509) 960-7281
Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
email:  CLCinformation@community-minded.org 
http://www.SpokaneHelpline.org
  • Seniors and people with disabilities can find the services they need to stay in their homes.
  • Home visits are provided when needed. to help with assessment and paperwork. 
  • Services include actual assistance, mental health services, housing, Medicaid, transportation to meals, and caregiver support.
  • Designed to help guardians, advocates, caregivers, family members, neighbors, health care providers, community partners and law enforcement...to find resources.  

Community Living Connections - Washington State
https://washingtoncommunitylivingconnections.org