Workers who live more than 1 hour away from elderly loved ones could face formidable caregiving challenges.[@@]
The MetLife Mature Market Institute, Westport, Conn., has published survey data supporting that conclusion in a new report on “long-distance caregivers” compiled with the help of the National Alliance for Caregiving, Bethesda, Md.
The organizations hired Zogby International, Utica, N.Y., to poll consumers through the Internet. The researchers gathered responses from 1,130 participants who provide care for someone over age 55 who suffers from “chronic physical, cognitive or mental health problems” and lives at least 1 hour away.
The researchers found that 44% of the caregivers who work have had to rearrange their work schedules to handle their caregiving responsibilities.