March 2019
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Easing Caregiver Burnout. Ways to Lighten the Load
Read this great blog post on how to ease caregiver burnnout. 

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ElderCare at Home brings you this newsletter in the spirit of cooperation and education. We hope you find this information useful and informative.
 
International Women's Day
March 8, 2019

Recognizing The Caregiver Burden 

This month we want to recognize the hard work women across the world put into caregiving. March 8 is considered International Women's Day. Some consider this day as a day of protest, while others consider it as a day of women's empowerment. The overarching theme is recognizing women's equality, empowerment, and contribution to society. Despite this day of awareness, across various industries, occupations, and everyday experiences, gender differences exist that disproportionately affect women of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. This is no different when it comes to the unpaid and informal care that family members give to loved ones.
 
When it comes to family caregiving, there is evidence to suggest that the burden is distributed unequally between gender groups in the United States. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, an estimated 66% of caregivers are women, and women are estimated to expend 50% more time providing care than their male counterparts. [1] To this into perspective, the worth of informal care that women provide is around $148 billion to $188 billion every year. [2] Globally, estimates indicate that 57-81% of women are caregivers for the elderly. [3]
 
Both men and women are impacted in various ways as caregivers of the elderly. Currently, there is conflicting evidence reporting gender differences in caregiver-burden, which is a response to the physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial stressors that come with caregiving. [4] Nevertheless, the burden of caregiving can have deleterious effects on an individual's physical, mental, and emotional health. And if the health consequences effect women more than men, then there should be a conscious effort on society to address this gap.
 
If you are a family caregiver or caregiving for the elderly, we encourage you to find necessary support groups, social connections, and health resources to care for yourself. And, if you are someone who has a spouse, sibling, or friend who is taking on the majority of a caregiving role, then we kindly ask that you find ways to help them. No one should be on their own during this difficult journey.


[1] Source: https://www.caregiver.org/women-and-caregiving-facts-and-figures
[2] Source: https://www.caregiver.org/women-and-caregiving-facts-and-figures
[3] Sharma, Nidhi et al. "Gender differences in caregiving among family - caregivers of people with mental illnesses" World journal of psychiatry vol. 6,1 7-17. 22 Mar. 2016, doi:10.5498/wjp.v6.i1.7
[4] Sharma, Nidhi et al. "Gender differences in caregiving among family - caregivers of people with mental illnesses" World journal of psychiatry vol. 6,1 7-17. 22 Mar. 2016, doi:10.5498/wjp.v6.i1.7

 

Free Tips & Tools for Family Caregivers

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We also provide additional Caregiving Tips & Tools that you can download for FREE.  More topics will be coming soon so stay-tuned!

 

Spotlight On:
End-of-Life Home Care Services

End of Life Home Care services from ElderCare at Home  provide care and support during the end of life process. Our referred Caregivers provide comforting assistance to your loved one while giving your family the support you need at this difficult time.

The person-centered care model is designed around your loved one's comfort and well-being, while simultaneously giving family caregivers much-needed respite care and the assistance they need at home.

Referred Caregivers can provide assistance with personal tasks such as bathing, dressing and daily hygiene while offering a comforting presence that helps to alleviate feelings of stress, loneliness, and anxiety.


ElderCare at Home is always here for you!
To learn more, reach out to us at anytime (561)585-0400.

 

What to Expect as We Age

   

What to Expect as We Age
 
Aging is a biological fact. We all age. This is a process that we undergo as we experience decreases in physiological function and increases in the likelihood of mortality due to various factors like illness, bone density loss, and so on. But, even though we all experience it does not mean that we are all individually prepared for what to expect. In this blog, we will cover some very common symptoms of aging and ways to keep your body healthy during the aging process.

Your Heart is Doing More Work [1]: As we age, arteries become stiffer and less able pump blood throughout the body as before. To assist with this, it is usually helpful for aging individuals to maintain a relatively active lifestyle, like taking walks, swimming, or doing other cardiovascular activities.

Decreases in Vision and Hearing: Whether it's due to aging or the fact that people in wealthy countries spend a lot of time in front of TV screens/computer monitors and in noisy environments, we lose our vision and hearing as we get older. It is recommended to stay on top of doctor's visits to keep track of these senses, since you may need to get a new glasses prescription or consider hearing aids. These devices can improve your quality of life greatly.

Bone Density Loss: As we age, our bones shrink in size and density.  [2] This is a natural process, but it can often be offset by loading your muscles with a weight, like with some weightlifting exercises and eating enough calcium. Consider going to the gym to do some light resistance training to keep your body toned and your bones strong. Additionally, keep up with the quality of your diet. Include high calcium foods like dairy or dairy replacements.

Digestive Issues: Sometimes, aging can lead to some digestive problems, like constipation. [3] You can combat these symptoms by eating a healthy and fibrous diet, as well as exercising regularly. 

Changing Sex Drive: Changes in sex drive can happen for men and women due to changes in various sex-related hormones. Fortunately, there are many ways to help with life in the bedroom, like medicine to help erectile dysfunction and lubrication. Many aging individuals have more time to spend with their couples. It may actually be the case that your sex drive improves.

Although these are just some things to consider, we hope that they have made you aware of what to expect as we age. As you may see, changes in our body will require that we behave differently by being conscious of our health. 

If you are interested in ElderCare at Home
and learning more about what we can do to help,
call 888-285-0093 or visit our  website .

 

Professionally Trained Caregivers
F i n d  t h e  R i g h t   T y p e  o f  C a r e  
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. If you have questions, do not hesitate to call us at 561-585-0400



If you have questions about how ElderCare can help, please call us at  888-285-0093 or visit our website

 

"You Are Not Alone "
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Client Referral Program
A Promotional Offer From ElderCare at Home
                      
ElderCare at Home would like to thank you!  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.

ElderCare at Home would like to ask for your help in this endeavor. If you know of anyone who could benefit from our services, simply give them one of our Client Referral Program flyers with your name written on it and prompt them to schedule a FREE assessment. If they retain our services, we will give each of you 15% off a week's worth of services*!


Thank you so much for your help! We really appreciate it.

 

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 10  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.

 

Career Opportunities
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?
  • Experience
  • Compassion
  • Loyalty
  • Commitment
  • Kindness
  • Professionalism
Referral opportunities are available throughout South Florida.We've been helping  caregivers like you find employment for over 17 years. As an Independent Contractor, you tell us exactly where you want to  work; 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.  

 


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