Alzheimer's Community Question -- How Many Hours Do You Work Each Week? Does Anybody Care? Should They?
Posted Dec 26 2010 9:46am
I wonder if families, relatives or friends ever consider how many hours a week an Alzheimer's disease caregiver works a year? 8,760 or more versus 1,800 for the typical working stiff...
By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room
I'm sitting here considering how many hours a week I work at my job as an Alzheimer's caregiver.
I have to be here all or most of the time keeping an eye on or caring for Dotty. That means 168 a hours week. 8,760 hours a year.
Not really. I am fortunate, Dotty sleeps through the night now. So lets take off ten hours a day. 70 hours a week. 5,260 hours a year.
How many hours a year does the typical person work? 40 hours a week? 50 hours? How many hours a year? 1,800 hours a year? Don't forget you have to subtract out the weekends, vacation time, and holidays for a typical worker. Vacation. How does that word sound to you these days?
So the typical caregiver works 5,260 hours a year or more. The typical working stiff works 1,800 hours a year or more.
Of course there are Alzheimer's caregivers that work a job, and then come home and assume the duties and responsibilities of a caregiver.
Have you ever heard this TGIF -- Thank God its Friday? Ever heard the typical working stiff say I can't wait for the weekend? Ever had a typical working stiff tell you about the vacation they just had in Jamaica (fill in the blank)?
I wonder if the friends, relatives, and families of a typical Alzheimer's caregiver ever consider the number of hours a caregiver works each week? Often more than 16 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year? I wonder if they relate this back to how many hours they work each week?
I wonder if they ever think to themselves -- I couldn't do that. I wonder if after thinking they couldn't do it, if they connect the dots?
Do they ever think, I better help the person doing this impossible job that I could never do by myself?
I wonder if they ever think while they are sitting around at night, or enjoying themselves on the weekend, if they should take some care giving responsibility?