Family Caregivers need more from YOU!

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Recently, AARP ran a blog titled “More can be done to support family caregivers.”  In the blog, AARP executive Nancy LeaMond told the story of Ann, a woman who became an unexpected caregiver for her husband following a massive stroke.

Ann is just one of over 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. today, nearly all of whom don’t get enough support.  You have probably heard me say that over 90% of all caregiving services today are provided by family members.

That means if you’re a professional senior care organization, you – and all of your colleagues providing care to seniors in your service area – are only serving 10% of the caregiving needs.  Families are doing the rest.

Families are doing the work like Ann, who has to find out about community resources, hire and manage home care aides, navigate a complex health system and enlist family and friends to help out so she can get a break, too.

As senior care professionals, we can do more to support Ann and other like her.  We can offer them helpful tips on caregiving at home, classes in the basics of caregiving and support for the emotional toll caregiving takes on the entire family.

In doing so, we’re connecting with families who will probably need us at some point in time, too.  It’s the classic case of doing something that genuinely helps others, and helps us grow our business at the same time – doing well by doing good.

Learn more about IPCed’s tools to help family caregivers while you grow your business using the Family Learning Center®.  

5 Responses to “Family Caregivers need more from YOU!”

  1. Sharon Dickerson

    I have been and am a 29 year caregiver for my husband. He became unexpectedly disabled at the age of 38.

    During this time I have managed taking care of my husband, along with a full time job and our
    household. Stress doesn’t completely describe what you go through.

    The last two years have been extremely stressful due to my husband’s declining health.

    We do not qualify for any
    assistance. We pay for all expenses. Sitting is extremely expensive.

    If it was not for Medicare A & B, Medigap and Medicare D, I have no idea how we could pay for all of his medical expenses.

    There are so many areas in your life that are touched and changed when you become a caregiver. For me, my faith in God and family’s love keep me grounded.

    My heart goes out to everyone that cares for a loved one, been there and still doing it.

    Reply
    • Tom Emerick

      This is is a sad but not uncommon problem. We need more affordable trained caregiver helpers.

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      • Samantha

        Hi Tom!
        So glad to hear you say that. Which is exactly why I have created a Private Home Care Agency designed to do just that. With rates that are low and affordable and no minimum service ours, we hope to reach those who typically couldn’t afford care outside of family. Most of the pay will also go to the caregivers.

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  2. Laurie Malone

    Hello! Family Caregivers face more stress than any other person in the equation, including the patient. We recommend that you find a qualified agency, with appropriate credentials; insurance, bonding and licensed caregivers. The respite that even a small daily break from FT care can reap big benefits. Good luck to you!

    Best,

    Laurie Malone
    Managing Partner & CEO
    Golden Heart Senior Care

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  3. Rebecca Martin

    The amount of duties and responsibilities that are placed on the caregiver really can be overwhelming. I take care of my 86 year old mother who is blind and can’t walk. You have to do everything for her including trying to keep her spirits up, plus everything for your own life, which always goes without because every spare minute goes to the person who is lost without you. Remember your limits is my best advice because often the person can actually need more help than you can give anymore. Very hard when other family or siblings won’t help at all to keep peace in the family too. There are options out there for you. Find them
    Becky Martin
    McIntosh Manor

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