Hello friends and families. I'd like to take this opportunity to address a widely misunderstood topic that affects thousands of families on a daily basis; long-distance caregiving. While many naturally assume this term refers to families living across the country, more often than not, it concerns families living across town. The reality is 1 in 3 of all family caregivers live more than 20 minutes away from the person they care for, and 1 in 6 is an hour or more away (Caregiving in the US, National Alliance for Caregiving November 2009). It's an issue that hits "close to home," and needs to be discussed.
According to national trends, the number of families living close to one another is growing. We see it every day at Synergy HomeCare, and I believe this reflects the selfless obligation caregivers feel to provide care for their aging family members. There are valid worries and concerns that come with allowing a stranger to come into a senior family member's home, explaining why an estimated 7 million long-distance caregivers sacrifice their time from work and family to do what they do. Statistics show that 3 out of 5 people caring for someone with Alzheimer 's disease report an impact in their professional work life. In some cases it's taking extra time off work, for others it's passing up a promotion opportunity. Synergy HomeCare is dedicated to providing these families with much-needed support and advice.
At Synergy HomeCare we do everything we can to eliminate the uncertainty and apprehension associated with hiring a caregiver. Our careTEAM approach keeps everyone informed and involved. We believe a home care provider should have an honest, open dialogue with families, and should be able to adapt to changing circumstances at a moment's notice.
Synergy HomeCare understands the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have an experienced, responsible, professionally trained caregiver that has undergone a national background check, and has been carefully matched to both client and family. Additionally, we have created a unique online learning tool, Life Time Learning, designed to inform caregivers on a broad range of topics including what to expect, underlying causes, and how to cope. Originally Life Time Learning was designed for professional use, but Synergy HomeCare saw value in adding a series of programs just for families stuggling with the high demands and uncertainty of long-distance caregiving. After all, at Synergy HomeCare we don't "work cases" we serve families.
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Caring for aging parents or loved ones from a distance is a simple reality in some cases. Unfortunately, your work or immediate family doesn't always allow you to live just down the street from you elderly parents. This can be a very stressful and scary situation for you as well as them. In this section, you'll learn about long distance care, what it is, and how to find the right resource that can offer competent and compassionate care for your loved one on a more regular basis, giving them comfort and giving you peace-of-mind.
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Living in a different city or state - miles from aging parents - can be very difficult. Keeping in touch by telephone and making long trips to help parents or aging relatives with their needs can be time consuming and not nearly as effective as being available full time in person.