A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center has shown that 45% of Americans caring for an aging parent or loved one are men. This relatively high number flies in the face of a popular misconception that women are the only individuals who act as caregivers for their elderly parents. Today, Home Care Assistance of Centennial, CO is going to look into the various reasons for this misconception.
First of all, the culture as a whole has changed in recent years, making it much more likely for men of all ages to accept caregiver roles. Over the past twenty years, the number of stay-at-home dads has almost doubled. And as the bottom line in many families comes down to who can earn more money, more women are assuming the top breadwinner position, especially if they have better skills and a more advanced education.
The changing economy has also added to the increase in stay-at-home dads and may likely be responsible for some of the increase in male caregivers of aging parents. As unemployment rises and workers later in their careers are being let go in favor of cheaper, younger employees, more middle aged men have the free time necessary to accept the role of caregiver. Instead of working long hours at the office, many men are facing early retirement and are choosing to stay productive by looking after their aging parents.
Finally, the increase in male caregivers may be a reflection of how families are geographically dispersed, sometimes across the country. No longer does a female live close to her parents by default, so often the role of caregiver is left to whoever lives closer to a parent. The close proximity allows the adult child to assist with local errands, household chores and as needs increase, can have the parent move in with them to provide 24 hour home care.
This increase in male caregivers may shed light on how stressful it is to serve the role of caregiver for an aging parent. No longer just a “woman’s job” to take care of family; acting as a caregiver requires a skill set as well as the right support services to ensure the highest level of quality care for an aging loved one.
If your family is struggling to provide a parent or loved one with the in-home support and monitoring they need, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Located in Centennial, CO, we serve seniors and families throughout the South Metro Denver area and are available to provide care twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Call 303-957-3100 to speak with a friendly Care Manager and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation so your family can learn more about the benefits of live-in and hourly care for Centennial seniors.