Community Resource: How has caregiving impacted your own family? Were their costs that you did not anticipate? A Place for Mom recently posted an excellent Blog Post worthy of sharing.
There are many clouded costs to family caregiving that should be considered before committing to becoming the full-time caregiver for an older loved one. Being aware of these costs can also help non-caregivers appreciate the sacrifice caregivers make, and the profound importance of their role.
Here are the five hidden costs of caregiving (read the Blog Post for details):
- Lost Wages
- Decreased Employability
- Increased Health Costs
- Lost Savings and Retirement
- Reduced Productivity
There are no easy answers, but it’s important have a conversation about the vital and honourable role of family caregivers, and what can be done to make their lives easier.
West Toronto Support Services appreciates Caregivers!