Taking care of the health of your loved ones is a priority. Young caregivers are involved on a daily basis in the care of their parents in the acts of daily life. Personal assistance is an activity in a particularly dynamic and promising sector. However, many people take care of one of their loved ones without exercising a related profession. In order to keep this bubble of intimacy, to be able to make sure that his loved one does not lack anything … Many caregivers are mobilized. Despite everything, some are not trained to master the gestures, and lack the means to ensure the well-being of their loved one alone.
Young caregivers victims of the pandemic
With the Covid-19 pandemic, it goes without saying that there are many families with a sick parent with a disability or dependent. Especially since the personal assistance environment has been strongly impacted, having not been able to function properly with the health measures in force and restrictions on travel. As a result, less presence on site regularly, more turnover in home visits. For dependent people, the situation is complicated. Less intimacy, more passage, it does not make it easier to have relationships with caregivers.
It is for this reason that many relatives of these people volunteer to provide all the daily care themselves. These young caregivers are now more than 11 million in France, so 700,000 under the age of 18. They take care of a family member with a disability, dependent or sick on a daily basis.
Help can be of any kind, and throughout the day. This may concern surveillance actions of the person but also moral support. Indeed, dependent people are often isolated, and rely on the social interactions they have with their loved ones and home helpers… Or even sometimes with the supervisory staff when they are in a suitable structure.
However, the search for autonomy and independence on the part of people forces more staff to take care of them. So you have to deal with the people who ask for help, the people available… But also with young caregivers, so that each dependent person can have the care they need.
But do these young caregivers benefit from training, at least from support by a professional to master the gestures?
Greater needs for an aging population
If the companies of services and personal assistance do not know any downtime in their activity… One reason for this is the current demographic situation. Indeed, the post-war “baby boom” has given way to today’s “grandpa boom”. The French population is aging, and wants to remain as autonomous as possible. Staying at home rather than going to a retirement home is therefore becoming more frequent. Some structures are created, in the form of residences for seniors, but places are limited, and rates often slow down families.
Thus, to ensure that dependent, sick or disabled people receive care and attention at all times… Young caregivers volunteer to assist their loved one in everyday actions. About 20% of them take care of hygiene gestures, such as toileting, showering and dressing the person. Gestures that are part of the intimacy of the person, which therefore requires a great mutual trust with the caregiver.
In addition, the accompaniment is also carried out for the medical follow-up. 43% of young caregivers focus on monitoring medication intake, monitoring health examinations, etc. It is also an important responsibility to ensure that everything goes smoothly. But to support young caregivers, and allow them to know the right gestures to take care of their loved ones… Professionals offer training and practical exercises for caregivers to better manage their parent’s daily life.
Young caregivers: a population invisible to society – APICIL Group / Handéo study. Press release APICIL, published on September 27, 2021
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