We’re stressed. In our simple stress survey, 1,158 family caregivers* rated their stress level on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most stressed. The current number is 4.14.
Survey results indicate:
- 80% of survey respondents rated their stress level as a 4 or 5. Only one survey respondent rated their stress as a 1. Only 26 rated their stress as a 2.
- 72% of respondents say they miss their lives, which causes their stress.
- 63% say they don’t sleep well at night.
- 60% say they haven’t had a break.
- 54% say they don’t have enough help.
- 53% say they don’t have enough time.
Physicians and health care professionals provide once-in-awhile care. We provide all-the-time care. We care at night, on weekends, on holidays. We care every day. We are the health care system.
- 5,564: Total number of hospitals (2017 Fast Facts on U.S. Hospitals)
- 897,961: Total number of hospital beds (2017 Fast Facts on U.S. Hospitals)
- 809,845: Total number of physicians (Statistics and Facts on U.S. Doctors)
- 2.9 million: Total number of home health aides and personal care aides: (2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- 2.9 million: Total number of registered nurses: (2016, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- 50 million (at least) and growing: Total number of individuals who care for a family member or friend (National Alliance for Caregiving, 2020)
(Source: The Caregiving Years Academy Family Caregiver Stress Survey, an ongoing survey with results shared as of July 14, 2020. Follow us on Twitter to be notified about our next virtual meeting to discuss our ongoing results.)