“Hospitals and nurses have just under a year to comply with the CARE Act. But even the bill’s proponents recognize this is just the start of what needs to be done to support family caregivers.”
by Brandy Hadden | Public Source | June 23, 2016
“Leonard Kijowski, an 88-year-old Ford City resident took care of his wife at home for 12 years. She has Alzheimer’s.
“Now she’s in a personal care home, and it’s Leonard who needs help — at least with the small stuff. The caregiving took a toll on him, his son, Alan Kijowski, said.
Alan Kijowski looks on as his father and mother visit in her room at Grey’s Colonial Acres. Alan said caregiving took a toll on his father, and he expects he’ll have to help him out more soon. (Photo by Connor Mulvaney/PublicSource)
“The Kijowskis are part of a large and growing national network of family caregivers.
“In 2013, an estimated 1.65 million Pennsylvanians were caring for their loved ones, according to the AARP. That’s a sizeable chunk of the state’s 12.8 million population.
“As the Baby Boomers age, many of them want to stay at home for as long as possible, making family caregiving commonplace in the nation. According to the AARP, there are about 40 million family members in the United States taking care of their loved ones at home.