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More Than Half of Spouse Caregivers Have No Family Support

Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:51 PM

New research shows that 55% of spouse caregivers for their ill partners have no additional help from family.  In addition, 33% receive little to no help from their adult children, and approximately 40% hire outside help.

“Support for caregivers is especially important as we are moving towards providing more care in community and home-based care settings,” lead author Katherine Ornstein, M.D., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, told Hospice News. “I think hospice and palliative care has always prioritized this, but when we see the Stark reality of what is going on, we can’t just move serious illness care and end-of-life care into the home without thinking about what’s going on there.”

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