Survey: ‘Home Improvement’ Character Tops List of Fictional Caregivers

Jill Taylor, Tim Taylor’s affable wife from the ABC sitcom “Home Improvement,” would make a great home health worker.

That’s according to a new survey from Senior Helpers, one of the nation’s largest home care franchises, with 298 locations across the U.S. and over a dozen more abroad. The survey tracked responses from 1,000 adult children between the ages of 45 and 64, asking various questions on the duties of elderly care.

The survey asked respondents to choose from a list of ‘90s television show characters who would hypothetically make the best in-home caregiver. The top pick was Jill Taylor of “Home Improvement,” who clocked in at 37%. Other popular selections were Fran Fine of “The Nanny” (25%), Tony Micelli of “Who’s The Boss” (24%), and Uncle Phil of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” (13%).

But not every question revolved around pop culture.

Nearly 85% of those surveyed said they would want their parents and loved ones to age at home as opposed to moving into a senior care community. Additionally, 60% of those surveyed said care for seniors is “more positive” in the home than at assisted living communities, and another 60% of respondents said they were concerned about juggling the wellbeing of their aging parents with the responsibilities of caring for their families.

Many respondents (34%) said they want someone with caregiving experience to care for their loved ones, but don’t necessarily need to use a professional care facility. When asked why their aging parents still live at home, 58% of those surveyed said it was “because of the comfort and dignity associated with living independently.”

“While caring for an aging loved one is a noble act, this should not come at the expense of one’s own physical and mental health,” Chris Buitron, chief marketing officer at Senior Helpers, said in a press release. “Above all, it’s important to be realistic and determine what care you can or cannot provide, and then know when to seek assistance.

Written by Tim Regan

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