Chances are most of us will need help at some point in our lives. In fact, those age 65 and older have a 70% chance of needing long term care services at some point, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Where will that care come from?
Relying on your family to care for you is an appealing option. You have their love and trust, and it's comforting to know they would care for you and ensure your well-being.
At what cost?
But what many don't consider is the difference between a companion and a caregiver. Having family to assist you is great, but studies show that relying on them day in and day out for your care takes a toll on their physical and emotional health. Family members who work and provide caregiving services for a loved one are much more likely to suffer from stress, anxiety, or depression than those who aren't caregivers.1