Are you an in-home caregiver? Here are some statistics that you find interesting:
- 24% of US adults are in-home caregivers for another adult
- 3% take care of children with significant disabilities
- 3% are caregivers for both an adult and a child.
In total 30% of all adults in the US are caregivers. That is almost 1/3 of the adults in the country. And among that figure are a lot of people in the Sandwich Generation, taking care of both young and old.
And what do you do when you have questions about in-home caregiving, healthcare or anything to help your loved ones? Studies show that 88% of caregivers with web access (not necessarily in the home) look to the internet for healthcare information. Caregivers are active users of online health information.
After all, when you have someone you love who is in need, the doctor may be too busy or too far away to turn to. Pharmacists have many other clients in line. You have a lot of questions and you may have even written them all down. Where do you go for help? That’s right–to your computer, looking up all the information you can on in-home caregiving.
Besides the timely information you can get on the internet, did you know that there are also online communities springing up that have in-home healthcare information and support? Have you looked at these healthcare social tools?
For one thing you can blog, like Joanne did on Sequoia Senior Solutions Blog site: A Case Study: Caregiving. . .what it means to me. Starting your own blog is not very difficult and it is a way of finding other in-home caregivers to share with.
“One-third of consumers now use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and online forums for health-related matters, including seeking medical information, tracking and sharing symptoms, and broadcasting how they feel about doctors, drugs, treatments, medical devices and health plans.” - according to the article “Healthcare companies still don’t “Get” Social Media” – April 27, 2012
The Mayo Clinic in 2005 began utilizing social media channels to promote and increase downloads of its podcasts. The clinic posts the podcasts, along with video and text, on its blogs. It also leverages a Facebook fan page, a Twitter account and a YouTube channel.
What internet social media do you use to be a better in-home caregiver?
- Sandwich Generation Money Guide; Sequoia Senior Solutions
- Baby Boomer Caregivers Are the New Normal(eldercare-blog.typepad.com)
Stanton Lawson is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions. Sequoia’s mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families, by providing dependable and affordable in-home care. Sequoia’s focus is to keep you or your loved ones at home and avoid:
- Loss of friends and possessions
- Loss of independence and freedom
- Loss of spirit which is drained by the battles of daily living
Sequoia Senior Solutions, Inc. serves Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Solano, Mendocino, Lake Counties. The main office is located at191 Lynch Creek Way, Suite 102, Petaluma, CA 94954. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (707) 763-6600 Fax: (707) 763-6607, www.sequoiaseniorsolutions.com.