More than one in four American adults, according to a 2009 AARP survey¹, have become family caregivers to aging loved ones with chronic conditions. Of those caregivers, many spend, on average, nearly 20 hours a week -- in addition to an outside job -- caring for elderly parents.
These adult children recognize that their work can be overwhelming and consuming, especially over time. But as the population ages, the number of family caregivers continues to increase. People who don't want their parents having to leave home, even when faced with the difficulties associated with aging, are so numerous that already the nationwide total of family caregivers is higher than 60 million.
Coping With Problems
No matter how well-intentioned, thoughtful and loving the relationship between an aged parent and adult child caregiver, the emotional toll can be high. In a survey² of middle-aged women working outside the home, the MetLife Mature Market Institute discovered that those caring for aging parents were 2.5 times more likely to suffer from depression than those not providing care.
Caregivers also developed more cases of hypertension, diabetes and pulmonary disease. The effects of helping loved ones remain at home involves not only the risk of social isolation and competing demands on time, but also increased stress.
How Home Care Can Help
SYNERGY HomeCare's compassionate, skilled and screened caregivers provide relief for everyone in the family. Those who can't be on the scene can take comfort in knowing an experienced, responsible professional is on hand to cope with whatever issues may arise.
Equally important, those who need a break can take time for other loved ones and their own health while appreciating that their loved one is receiving quality care.
Customized Care Plans
A care plan customized to your specific needs might include anything from running errands and medication reminders to dressing assistance and wheelchair transfers. SYNERGY HomeCare offers a variety of services, allowing you and your loved one to choose what will best suit their specific needs:
- Scheduling appointments and social activities
- Nutritious meal planning, preparation and cleanup
- Active thinking and memory care
- Safety and medication reminders
- Standby assistance with morning and evening routines
- Assistance with mealtime feeding and restroom use
- Friendly conversation, emotional support
- Light housekeeping and running errands
- Laundry, ironing and changing linens
- Light exercise, light gardening, and transportation
- Transfer to/from bed, wheelchair, etc
- Help with bathing, dressing and grooming
Help for Family Caregivers
With someone else to take care of daily routines, family members can return to simply enjoying their relationship with an aging parent. Instead of feeling overburdened and guilty, time together can be spent creating new memories and recalling old favorites.
Discover how SYNERGY HomeCare can assist your family by requesting a free in-home assessment today.
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