Professional caregivers care more about their patients than their paychecks, study shows

Bryan Aldrige

July 8, 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were approximately 128,000 registered nurses aiding individuals in elderly communities in 2009. However, the massive generation of the Baby Boomers are quickly approaching the age of retirement. Medical alert systems may be a viable solution for the new generation of retirees because they give elderly individuals more freedom, which may allow them to spend more time on their own.

Professional caregivers may not be concerned with money when they make decisions about their careers. A recent study by researchers at Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and the Baylor College of Medicine revealed that finances take a backseat to job satisfaction and emotional welfare for long-term nurses.

"Staff turnover in this industry increases the financial burden of caring for elders and interferes with the quality of care," said Vikas Mittal, one of the researchers. "To increase the retention of these workers, administrators should address low job satisfaction among employees."

Personal emergency response systems can increase safety for seniors when caregivers are not present. The Family Caregiver Alliance states that only about 8 percent of elderly individuals rely solely on professional assistance, and approximately 14 percent receive a combination of care from loved ones and certified nurses.

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