While Texas Health and Human Services ensures qualified people get the services they need, there are some people who don’t qualify for our services because of their income or resources. These people are often cared for by their families and friends.
There are an estimated 3.4 million family caregivers in Texas who provide day-to-day care for people who are older or who have disabilities.
A Profile of Informal Caregiving in Texas (PDF) discovered the following about caregivers of older adults:
- 75 percent are Caucasian or Hispanic
- The majority are the child or spouse of the person they care for
- 90 percent live within 10 miles of the person they care for
- 95 percent provide care at least once a week
- More than half are not employed
- They are likely to be between the ages of 40 and 64
- They are more likely to be female
Research also has discovered some other facts about family caregivers: Those who don’t take time for themselves have been found to develop chronic health problems at nearly twice the rate of non-caregivers. And as many as 70 percent of family caregivers experience depression or anxiety.
HHS values the contributions of family caregivers and has developed programs to help them overcome some of the challenges they face.
Take Time Texas Respite Care
HHS recognizes that caring for another person is hard work and that caregivers sometimes need a break to refresh and recharge themselves. This break is also called respite. The Take Time Texas site has several resources to help caregivers, including:
- A search function that finds respite programs in Texas
- Testimonials from families who use respite
- Resources for new family caregivers
- Common myths about respite