At least four million people across New York state care for loved ones, and those caregivers spend billions of unpaid hours every year helping family members. A bill moving through the State Senate and Assembly hopes to offer financial help for those families.
Data shows family caregivers spend about $7,000 out-of-pocket for expenses related to caring for loved ones annually. There is bipartisan support for a tax credit that could help alleviate some of the burden.
Brian Norton spent half a decade caring for his wife before she died from Alzheimer’s. Now, Norton sits on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester and Finger Lakes Region.
“The financial toll is definitely real, at the time it was approximately $25 an hour for a caregiver,” Norton said. “We had very generous people that assisted us but also used our savings.”