Caregiver Background Checks Rising as Millions of US Adults Care for Aging Parents

With the National Institute on Aging (NIA) estimating that approximately seven million Americans are long-distance caregivers for their aging parents who live an hour or more away, the need for trusted and qualified caregivers in rising fast and is expected to grow over the next four decades as the segment of the U.S. population between 20 and 64 – the age group most often faced with caregiving – shrinks while the share of people 65 and older rapidly expands, this according to the Associated Press (AP) story ‘Millions now manage aging parents’ care from afar’ published in various news outlets.

The AP reports that longer lifespans and the rapidly growing numbers of seniors are causing more adult Americans to be long-distance caregivers, with the stress of caring magnified by the miles separating adult children from aging parents. A caregiving expert at the American Association of Retired People (AARP) quoted in the AP story said the number of long-distance caregivers is likely to grow as the economy forces people to take whatever job they can get no matter where it is located. In addition, the first wave of the “baby boom” generation – the estimated 76 million people born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964 – turned 65 in 2011, and many experts warn of a looming “silver tsunami” where the number of people age 65 and older will double between 2010 and 2050.

Long distance caregiving by adult children for again parents can also be a financial burden, as evidenced by a 2007 study ‘Family Caregivers – What They Spend, What They Sacrifice – The Personal Financial Toll of Caring for a Loved One’ by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare. The study revealed that long-distance caregivers averaged roughly $8,728 in annual expenses, and that some also had to cut down on work hours, take on debt of their own, and lower their personal spending. Overall, the study estimated that 34 million Americans were involved in providing care for a family member of friend over the age of 50 years. The report is available at:
http://www.caregiving.org/data/Evercare_NAC_CaregiverCostStudyFINAL20111907.pdf.

With the aging population in the U.S., many more Americans are faced with arranging care for their elderly parents and aging relatives. If a trusted relative or friend is not available, many long-distance caregivers attempt to find a paid caregiver they can trust. However, choosing a caregiver can be a real challenge – including how to properly conduct a caregiver background check on candidates. Choosing a background screening provider requires the same level of care used in selecting any professional service since all screening companies are not the same. Since the health and well-being of loved ones may depend on it, the focus should be choosing the most qualified screening provider.

ESR Screened Caregiverhttp://www.screenedcaregiver.com/ – a service from nationwide accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), provides background screening services for both employers of caregivers and caregivers to protect vulnerable populations such as the elderly against bad hiring decisions of unqualified or dangerous workers. For more information on selecting caregivers, view the presentation ‘What Is The Best Way To Screen a Potential Caregiver?’ at: http://www.esrcheck.com/file/ESR-Screened-Caregiver.pdf.

For more information about pre-employment screening, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – ‘The Background Check AuthoritySM’ and nationwide background screening firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – at http://www.esrcheck.com/ or call toll free 888.999.4474.

Sources:
http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/so-far-away-twenty-questions-and-answers-about-long-distance-caregiving/getting.
https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=hts&oq=&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4SUNA_enUS287US289&q=Millions+now+manage+aging+parents’+care+from+afar.
http://www.caregiving.org/data/Evercare_NAC_CaregiverCostStudyFINAL20111907.pdf.
http://www.census.gov/population/www/pop-profile/natproj.html.
http://www.census.gov/prod/2010pubs/p25-1138.pdf.

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