male caregiving

“On any given day, hundreds of millions of people across the world are taking care of young children, the elderly, the sick, and the disabled,” Patty Housman writes in American University’s Connections magazine.  With a steadily increasing worldwide population creating a growing demand for long-term care, the recruitment and training of skilled caregivers has generated a social concern.

As Fathers Day approaches, here at Action Products, we were encouraged to learn that the following recommendation was part a Promundo report titled “The State of America’s Fathers”:

                Encourage men to enter professions involving…health

                and caregiving, heretofore seen as women’s professions.”

Males may be sharing in caregiving tasks more than in the past, the National Alliance for Caregiving explains, but females still shoulder the major burden of care. Female caregivers have tended to handle the most difficult caregiving tasks (i.e., bathing, toileting, and dressing) when compared with their male counterparts, who are more likely to help with finances, arrangement of care, and other less burdensome tasks. 

 Still, millions of men are the primary caregivers for their ill and aging loved ones, AARP points out, adding that “as more men enter this stereotypically female sphere, it is important to consider what tools and resources male caregivers need to succeed”. Since, of family caregivers who provide complex chronic care, more than 96% provide help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as personal hygiene, dressing and undressing, and getting in and out of bed and wheelchair, Action Products’ line of pads and cushions are important as tools for preventing and managing pressure injuries (a primary risk for the homebound elderly). “The risk of patients developing pressure related injury due to immobility can be minimized by the correct use of ACTION Pads in combination with good nursing practices, like regular repositioning of an immobilized patient,” Action’s Guide to Product Care and Use explains.

Father’s Day offers an opportunity to reflect on “the way age, illness, and caregiving alter our relationships, especially those between adult children and their parents”,   Carol Bradley Bursack writes in But, she observes, “cognitive and physical decline do not take away their legacies as adults.” Just as fatherhood itself became more hands-on in the baby boom generation, so has the role for many sons as their generations’ parents age.

 This Father’s Day, we offer a special Action Products salute to those who know first-hand - caretaking IS men’s work!