A new survey released by Navigating Cancer has found that many family caregivers suffer from stress that goes largely unnoticed by their surrounding community. Half of the respondents stated that their responsibilities were negatively affecting their health.
"The caregiver is a vital role in the treatment equation, and while the attention is - rightly - given to the patient, we learned there's a community of caregivers whose needs are unmet," said Navigating Cancer CEO Gena Cook.
More than three-quarters of those surveyed responded that they felt anxious, stressed or exhausted.
This seems to indicate a need for caregivers to come together and families to remember that the health of these individuals has to be taken into consideration.
The majority of caregivers (61 percent) were also involved in full-time or part-time work, while also giving about 20 hours of their time to their homecare responsibilities. Almost half of these individuals also said that their finances suffered from caretaking.
The findings suggested that a comprehensive resource would be one of the most helpful tools for families in this position.
The National Family Caregivers Association estimates that there are 65 million caregivers in the United States and many may feel isolated or are hesitant to seek out assistance.