Friday, August 27, 2010

Lightweight Transport Chairs

Lightweight transport chairs like this one can be a great help for a caregiver. Many of these weigh only 15-20 p0unds and can easily fold up and fit in the trunk of your car or out of the way in a bedroom. Medline, Invacare, and NOVA offer many different models and there are other companies as well. These are great for taking a loved one to the bathroom or transporting someone in and out of a vehicle if they have limited mobility.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Who Are the Caregivers of Today?

Today's caregivers are not alone, and represent a very large, diverse group. Although there are many nurses and professional caregivers that serve in this role, family members make up about 80 to 90 percent of the caregivers of the elderly. About 75 percent of the caregivers are women. The majority of these are mostly daughters who are caring for an aging parent. In many cases an elderly spouse starts out as the primary caregiver, but eventually passes the baton on to their adult daughters and sons when they become overwhelmed or their own health begins to suffer.

Estimates vary, but currently there are probably over 10 million older people that require some type of assistance in performing their day-to-day activities. In 2006 there were 37.3 million people that were 65 or older, representing 12.4 percent of the U.S. population. That is approximately 1 out of every 8 Americans, and is expected to grow to about 20 percent by the year 2030. The good news is that people are living longer than ever before, and people over 65 have much experience and talent to offer. In fact many folks are still healthy and active into their 80s, 90s or beyond. However, sooner of later you may be in a position where you need some assistance for yourself, or you are providing care for someone else.

If you or a loved one have limited mobility, then a portable wheelchair or motorized wheelchair may be just what you need to remain active.