Caregivers have a tremendous burden to carry and sometimes families and friends do not realize the work (both physical and emotional) involved. And sometimes the caregiver does not realize the impact on them physically while they go about the caregiving.
Stay at home parents according to the labor index should be compensated $112,962.00 for the time spent being an industrial engineer (this covers the cleaning, laundry and outside chores), bookkeeper, cook and chef, taxi driver and management of routines. This figure is according to http://www.investopedia.com All of these tasks or roles are filled by a caregiver. And caregivers also fill the role of a full time Nurse. Adding the compensation for a BSN will convert the figure of $112,962.00 to an additional ($70,000.00 to $100,000.00) and they still get benefits like medical, retirement and alike, while only working between 32 and 35 hours weekly. (Salary by www.indeed.com/nationalsalariescompared ) Making caregiver compensation at a yearly rate of $183,000.00 to $213,000.00; this puts new value to the caregivers we know; and remember many of our caregivers work 24/7 so that would mean overtime.
Looking at the financial, physical and emotional cost; we can see the importance of taking good care of our caregivers. We need to make a tremendous effort to not only compensate our caregivers but also to recognize the lengths they go too. When a family member is good at caregiving, it seems they are always the first ‘go to’ person when there is a need or question. This act of showing the value of their knowledge should always be tempered with compassion and grace. If the caregiver has been ill themselves or has just finished a caregiving role; we should not ask more of them at this time. Allowing them to get rest and heal is certainly the gracious path to take.
It is important for adults to remember the make-up of our population in terms of age and numbers. What will happen to this caregiving role in the year 2030 remains to be seen? Baby boomers will be out of the picture for the most part by then, and health care although making many strides at providing a longer life for us, at what cost? Certainly there will be far fewer caregivers and still many people needing the services of caregivers.