Posted September 14, 2022
Rural-based patients often have limited financial resources, and as a result, many from patients are unable to stay in their home receiving community-based care. Women in particular are more likely to experience these difficulties, according to Legacy Health Endowment President and CEO Jeffrey Lewis.
“They shoulder the burden of rearranging their schedules, juggling doctors’ visits and prescriptions, squeezing in regular shopping trips and performing essential housekeeping chores … all while caring for a spouse or aging parent,” said Lews in an announcement. “Women who leave the labor force early because of care-giving responsibilities cost themselves an average $324,044 in lost salary, Social Security, and pension contributions over their lifetimes. Those are dollars that they never make up. This economic toll underscores why poverty in old age has such a distinctly female face.”
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