More than 10 million Americans assumed the role of caregiver for a family member in the last five years, raising the number of U.S. residents having caregiving responsibility for someone in their immediate family to nearly 1 in 5 (with 24% of them caring for more than one person). With life expectancies remaining in excess of 77 years for women and men and the increasing rates of dementia among the elderly, the need for caregiving is forecasted to continue at this pace for the foreseeable future.
Sons and daughters who serve as the primary caregiver for an aging family member often find themselves having to choose between attending special events, family celebrations and weekend get-aways or fulfilling their caregiver duties. Giving up personal time or taking PTO from work – either option being a difficult choice – leaves caregivers feeling guilty, frustrated and exhausted, potentially causing their own health to deteriorate.
Fortunately, there are professionals available on a part-time or full-time basis to give family caregivers time off while providing peace of mind that their loved ones are well taken care of while they are away.
Employ a Professional Homecare Provider So You Can Again Find Time for You
Professional homecare organizations have an army of caregivers at the ready to help when family members need a break. This respite care allows primary caregivers to confidently step away from their care responsibilities.
The term “homecare” refers to a broad swath of professional support services that allow a person to live safely in their home. Atlanta’s Linda Kadan, founder of Kadan Homecare, pioneered the industry when she began her firm 35 years ago.
Today, Kadan Homecare offers a wide range of personal care services for seniors who want to remain in their homes, including bathing and hygiene; grooming and dressing; toileting and incontinence care; and assistance with exercise, range of motion, and physical and occupational therapies. In addition, experienced caregivers provide non-medical assistance, such as transportation, meal preparation and other household chores.
These experienced professionals are certified in first aid and CPR and trained to manage common senior conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and Parkinson’s. Kadan Homecare’s team members receive continuous training throughout their employment so they know what to watch for when their clients’ conditions begin to change. Additionally, professional caregivers are trained to deal with progressive memory-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body and Vascular types of dementia.
Kadan Homecare provides care for families as only family can. Kadan continues to be a family-owned and operated state-licensed provider of in-home care services for seniors and their families living in Metro Atlanta. Kadan vets each caregiver with extensive background and reference checks before they are hired, giving clients’ families the confidence that their senior will receive the highest level of care from a professional who is capable and compassionate. Each professional caregiver is bonded, insured and covered by worker’s compensation. Equally as important, a registered nurse provides ongoing training and supervises each caregiver to ensure consistent care.
At Kadan Homecare, it is a privilege to care for seniors – whether families need a little bit of help or full-time assistance. For more information about Kadan’s award-winning care services for seniors, visit www.kadan.org.
Spend Quality Family Time with Your Loved One
Best of all, when homecare professionals take over caring for seniors, family members can spend time with loved ones enjoying their company – not focused on the next task on the “to do” list. Quality time is the real benefit of professional caregivers – whether family members use this time to spend with the seniors they care for, choose to focus on other family members or embrace self-care. Whichever option is chosen, everyone in the homecare circle wins.
• More than 10 million Americans provide care for a family member
• 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have caregiving duties for an immediate family member
• 24% of caregivers are caring for more than one person
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