ASU expert offers insight into family caregiving
David Coon, associate vice provost for research collaborations at Arizona State University, offered unique insight into family members taking medical training to become home caregivers in a recently published Arizona Republic article. The intent is to allow their ailing family members the opportunity to stay at home instead checking into a nursing home or an assisted-living facility.
The article discussed an American Association of Retired Persons study that found more than 90 percent of people ages 65-74 had a desire to stay in their home; the percentage is even higher among older people, leading some to seek certified nursing assistant training.
Coon, a researcher who specializes in caregiving, says that many times, caregivers suffer in silence.
“They’re often getting their loved one to the doctor and the health care provider but not taking care of themselves,” Coon said. “They’re not out exercising and they’re not getting enough sleep. And while there may be a need for dietary requirements for their loved ones, they may not be eating well themselves.”
Coon said whether the helper is medically trained or not, the good intentions to provide a safe environment for a loved one are of great value to society.
“They’re giving back to our society in such a deep way and helping [loved ones] stay at home. All of this without pay for the people they care about.”