It’s a well-known fact that most caregivers are women – nearly two out of three. That means that one out of three caregivers — about 14.5 million — are men. That’s a significant number! And while male caregivers deal with many of the same issues as their female counterparts, they also face some unique challenges.
This is why caregiving is different for men:
- Male caregivers are less likely to be the primary caregiver but are just as dedicated to their role. Also, the duration of their caregiving experience is about four years, the same as women.
- They’re less likely to provide personal care. 24% of male caregivers help a loved one get dressed, compared to 28% of female caregivers. And 16% help with bathing, versus 30% of females. This makes sense because it’s just not as easy for an adult son to help his mom in the shower as an adult daughter. No wonder data shows that over 40% of men use paid assistance for their loved one’s personal care. That can be a really good solution to this touchy issue.
- Men tend to live farther away, and as a result they have to travel farther or spend more time organizing care from a distance.
- They’re more plugged in. Men have an advantage in their comfort level with technology. They’re more likely to use the Internet as a caregiving resource.
- More men work full time. Though men and women devote the same amount of time to caregiving, 82% of male caregivers have full-time jobs, compared to 70% of female caregivers. Consequently, two-thirds of men say they have to make workplace adjustments, such as going in late, leaving early, or taking time off.
At the end of the day, it’s all about people caring for a beloved family member or friend. Caregiving men, although fewer in number, are just as dedicated, diligent and determined to help their loved one live the best life that he or she can. Men and women every day give their time and energy to caregiving, and it’s a commitment that we should all appreciate.
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