ElderCare at Home brings you this newsletter in the spirit of cooperation and education.We hope you find this information useful and informative.
Women and Caregiving
Women's History Month: Recognizing Female Family Caregivers
Women's History Month. During this month, society takes time to acknowledge the accomplishments, contributions, and impacts women have made to a broad range of fields, like politics, science, education, and sports (to name just a few). Women's History Month has its origins in "National Women's History Week" which began in 1911. But it was not until 1987, when petitioned by the National Women's History Project, that Congress passed a measure declaring March as Women's History Month. Although there are so many examples of notable and influential figures in Women's history, we would like to take a moment to recognize those women who strive and work hard every day as family caregivers.
A majority of aging individuals who need help rely on family and friends for care. The Family Caregiving Alliance reports that an estimated 66% of family caregivers are women whose average age is near 50 years old and who spend 50% more time providing care than male caregivers.
In fact, in many contexts, women have borne the responsibilities of caregiving, leading to an unequal distribution of the stresses and burdens. For example, due to family caregiving, and estimated 33% of women caregivers reduced their work hours, 29% passed up job advancements, 22% took a leave of absence, 20% went from full-time to part-time workers, and 16% quit their jobs.
So, while we should acknowledge the crucial part women play when it comes to providing care for aging loved ones, we should also work toward getting rid of the inequality that impacts female family caregivers.
While there has been in increase in male caregivers over the years, women still make up the majority of caregivers across the world.
Acknowledging the impact that women have as caregivers is not the only step we should take. Private and public institutions should make certain resources more accessible to give women caregivers the support they need so they are not overburdened. For example, counseling services and respite programs can be important resources to help caregivers cope with stress and maintain their roles as caregivers. Additionally, places of work can offer periods of paid leave for a given period of time to help both female and male caregivers handle circumstances that often come unexpectedly. Nobody should have to quit their job and suffer financially because their loved one develops an illness. With the appropriate resources, we can empower caregivers and reduce the hardship that comes with the role to increase their quality of life.
MetLife Mature Market Institute, National Alliance for Caregiving, & The National Center on Women and Aging. (1999, November). The Metlife juggling act study: Balancing caregiving with work and the costs involved.
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A New Program from ElderCare at Home
Cardiac Home Care Services
ElderCare at Home understands the challenges of recovering from or living with a cardio-vascular disorder. Our referred caregivers offer the highest level of comfort and care. They have the training, education and expertise to effectively help patients diagnosed with even the most complex cardiovascular disorders including:
- Cardiac Arrest
- Congenital Heart Defect
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Heart Valve Problems
- High Cholesterol
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Post-Surgical Patient
A highly skilled geriatric care consultant or registered nurses (RN) can meet with the patient and help him or her determine which services, if any, would be most appropriate. Home-based
cardiac care services
- Complimentary Pre-Operative Home Care Consultation
- Complimentary Post-Operative Home Care Consultation
- Implementation of Post-Operative Care Plan
- Dressing Changes
- Medication Management
- Nutritious Meal Preparation
- Diet & Nutrition Instruction
- Education & Disease Management
- Maintenance of a Quiet, Comfortable Environment
- 24 Hours Per Day ~ 7 Days Per Week
If you are interested in
learning more about what we can do to help you, please
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I m p o r t a n t R e s o u r c e s f o r a l l C a r e g i v e r s
What are Caregiver Support Groups?
If you are a family caregiver caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, you probably have heard somebody recommend support groups to you. If you haven't already yet found one, we would like to discuss what they are and how they can help. The definition of support groups is in the name, they are groups where you can find support because of the challenges you are facing. More specifically, they are counseling sessions comprised of people in similar situations as you and are often led by a leader who has expertise in the situation you are currently facing. In this blog, we will review how support groups can help you and the different kinds of groups you may encounter as you search for the one that is right for you.
In essence, caregiver support groups help you cope with the difficulties you are facing as a family caregiver. The challenges you confront are not entirely unique to you, yet you bring your own unique experiences to these challenges. For example, many people have difficulty communicating with their loved on in the early- to mid-stages of Alzheimer's. But approaching this issue depends on your own unique situation and the relationship you have with your loved one. Thus, support groups are times for you to share your experiences, challenges, and solutions with others, while they do the same with you. Hopefully, by the end of each support group session you all walk out different people with fresh perspectives on the situations at hand.
Other functions of support groups include:
- Counseling: The group discussion, facilitated by an experienced leader, is meant to be a therapeutic setting where you can express your feelings, frustrations, and thoughts without judgement. One of the challenges of caregiving is feeling alone, but support groups exist to help you realize that you are not in this all alone. You can develop great relationships with others who can help you along the way. At the same time, you are also meant to learn from one another to become the best caregivers you can be.
- Learn about resources: One of the other best things about support groups is that they are ways to learn about community resources. People who come in with similar problems may have advice on where to go and what to do. Additionally, your group leader should also have valuable knowledge to share on what resources exist for you.
- Condition specific groups: It is also very possible for you to find support groups that offer counseling on the specific condition your loved one has. For example, if your loved one has cancer, it would be inappropriate if you went to an Alzheimer's support group. Finding the specific group you want to join means searching around online or calling community resources for additional help. One valuable resource you can turn to as a "first step" is your loved one's doctor's office. Ask them if they can refer you to any support groups in your area.
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ElderCare at Home's Tips and Tools
Caregiving is a tough job to take on. Fortunately, you do not have to do it all alone. ElderCare at Home wants to provide you with the resources you need to be the best caregiver you can. Please click below to visit our new webpage:
Download our Caregiver Tips & Tools
Click our link to learn about suggestions and tips to make you a more efficient caregiver. And if we can't answer a specific question, we will give you the appropriate resources you need to find answers.
Making positive change to your caregiving techniques can have benefits for both you and your loved one.
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Find the Right Caregiver
Get Professional Help for Your Loved One
ElderCare at Home recognizes that finding time to balance all of your responsibilities is a challenge. If you have an aging loved one, then you might feel like you're at wit's end trying to keep everything in order. That is why we are here to help.
Our certified nursing assistants and home health aides are screened to ensure that your loved one is receiving the care they deserve. A component of the care they might receive is help with meal preparation. As we mentioned above, ensuring that your loved one is well-nourished and fed is crucial for their continued care.
The aides we refer to you all have expertise in providing care for seniors who have degenerative neurological disorders. So, they will know the appropriate strategies and techniques to practice during challenging situations.
ElderCare at Home also promises to match you with the caregiver who can meet your or your loved one's needs to the fullest. Visit our webpage and read about our Caregiver Match Guarantee.
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888-285-0093 or visit our website
We're More Than Just Private Duty Home Care
Specialty Home Care Programs
In addition to our Alzheimer's/dementia specific private duty referral services, ElderCare at Home, a licensed nurse registry, has referred caregivers who have provided exceptional care to thousands of patients through a number of specialty home care programs and our vast network of referred, independent contractors.
Each referral program allows the patient to recuperate in the place they most want to be... their own home! Most patients experience positive outcomes and are able to enjoy an improved quality of life.
ElderCare at Home is always here for you!
To learn more, reach out to us at anytime (561) 585-0400.
Client Referral Program
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As you know, our mission is to help seniors live confidently and age gracefully at home for as long as possible. We are continually working to educate the community about the services that we provide. However, it is often difficult to get this information to everyone.
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For more information regarding Alzheimer's
Caregiver Support Groups
Open Support Groups for Family Caregivers
Caring for someone that has Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment is hard. These support groups are attended by caregivers who are struggling with all kinds of different challenges and emotions.
ElderCare at Home in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Care Resource Center, facilitates more than 17 Caregiver Support Groups throughout the Palm Beach County area.
Our Alzheimer's caregiver support groups are different! Our caregivers are able to come together and share in a warm, relaxed and nurturing environment.
We also offer a monthly telephone support group for all Alzheimer's caregivers who are either unable to attend in person, or live out of state.
Call (561) 588-4545 to RSVP
for any of the support groups listed.
Accepting New CNA and HHA Registrations
We are currently recruiting independent contractors who not
only enjoy working with the memory impaired, but who have an interest in making a difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve.
Do you have these qualities?
Referral opportunities are available throughout South Florida.We've been helping
for over 17 years. As an Independent Contractor, you tell us exactly where you want to
; how many hours you can devote to your clients; and the type of caregiving situations you are looking for!
Call us Today (561) 585-0400 or Apply Online
The Best Compliment
Refer Your Friends and Family
The best compliment you can give us is the referral of your friends and family! We always appreciate referrals from our satisfied clients to friends and family members or professional resources. To send us a referral, simply call (561) 585-0400. Thank you!
We welcome the opportunity to serve
the people you care about.