There are an estimated 1,000,000 primary caregivers in Israel tending to the daily needs of an aging parent, spouse, or relative. Despite government and health support services, the responsibility for caring for older adults falls on family members, also known as primary caregivers. Primary caregivers devote an average of 21 hours per week caring for an individual, for an average of 4.5 years.
Caregiving takes a tremendous toll on the physical, emotional, social, financial, and professional wellbeing of the caregiver. Caregivers assume responsibility for a wide array of tasks, which may include performing sensitive nursing treatments, providing emotional and cognitive support, and managing the older adult’s medical treatment. Caregivers often sacrifice their own needs and opportunities for professional advancement for the care of their relative. This stress on caregivers can have adverse effects on the older adult and can lead to cases of older adult abuse or neglect. The burden shouldered by primary caregivers will only grow as life expectancy increases, along with the number of years that most older adults will require intensive, ongoing assistance.
Despite the crucial and demanding role of primary caregivers, they have long been an overlooked entity in the field of aging. There are few interventions designed to support the needs of primary caregivers in Israel.
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