By Kristen Freeman
Head of Marketing – EarlySense
Celebrated each November, National Caregivers Month recognizes and honors family caregivers across the country. And here at EarlySense, not only is our business built around supporting caregivers, but the origins of our company are deeply rooted in caregiving (spoiler alert: we’ll be featuring that story from our founder in the Vital InSights podcast episode that drops on December 7th).
· As of 2020, there were approximately 53 million family caregivers in the U.S. (or 1 in 5 adults);
· Unpaid caregivers provide an estimated 34 billion hours of care; and
· The economic value of their unpaid contributions is approximately $470 billion.
Other recent research has explored how the pandemic has exacerbated the need for and stress of family caregivers: According to a new study, 64% of caregivers said caregiving has gotten harder during the pandemic and 20% reported becoming caregivers for the first time.
To highlight the importance of caregivers in our communities, we are working in concert with the Caregivers Action Network this month on their awareness-raising campaigns, designed to highlight family caregiver issues, as well as celebrate the efforts and increase support for family caregivers.
But according to our clinical success manager, Jennifer Bishop, the awareness around what caregivers navigate is only part of the story; they also need the support of new technology solutions that help alleviate the ongoing stress and worry by providing a virtual “second set of eyes” on the patient.
“It wasn’t until the responsibility of caring for my father at home after his septic shock diagnosis that I was able to see how our technology provides an ongoing level of care and could proactively alert us to potential signs of deterioration,” said Jennifer. “That technology provided a sense of security for us while keeping him at home, which was the ultimate objective for him, and for my entire family.”
At EarlySense, we honor the work of all caregivers on the front lines – the daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, sisters, friends, nurses and physicians. Join our special social media initiative this November – #EarlySenseCares – to share your caregiver story.