Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving for Caregiving

CaregiverNovember is National Family Caregivers Month, celebrating the more than 40 million people that give unpaid care, three-quarters which is to a family member. Many of these caregivers give so much of their time while also working full-time and providing for their own children. In addition to the $7,000 per year in out-of-pocket expenses, caregivers stand to lose wages and Social Security benefits of approximately $234,000 for male caregivers and $324,000 for women.

So how can these important and precious caregivers balance their lives with the caring?

  • Consider possible financial support, and not necessarily straight from the one they are caring for.
  • Share the burden, either from another family member or other source, whether professional or otherwise.
  • Improve workplace support for caregivers at both the federal and employer levels.
  • Improve support for the care recipient.
  • Technology advances that can help with support and caregiving.

See Naomi Cahn, Thanksgiving for Caregiving, November 21, 2019.


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