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Survey Offers Insight for Families Considering In-Home Care
(NU) - Many of us would do it without thinking twice. When a family member or friend is in need of at-home care, helping out is the least we can do.
Caregiving, though, is no small thing. The ever-important process of arranging in-home care can prove a tiresome transition that is both physically and emotionally draining for those involved.
“Hardly a family in America today is immune to the challenges of navigating in-home care for their loved ones,” explained Michael Newman, founder and chief Executive Office of Always Best Care, one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care and placement services.
To aid families and caregivers in navigating this sometimes challenging stage, Newman and his team at Always Best Care presented a survey to more than 5,000 professional caregivers within the organization. The survey touched on some of the keystones of caregiving in hopes to extract valuable information from caregiving professionals to share with families.
Survey results revealed that participating caregivers, who cumulatively provide millions of hours of care to seniors every year, recommend first and foremost that caregivers, no matter their experience or the circumstances, set aside personal time.
“The physical and emotional toll can be devastating to the caregiver’s health if they don’t manage a life balance in the process,” summarized Dana Rambow, Vice Present of Home Health for Always Best Care.
Rambow recommends individuals who are caring for another “take proactive steps along the way to get respite hours.” She suggested ideas such as exercise, doing something social or simply spending time alone to rest and relax. “You need to replenish what you give or the well runs dry,” she said.
Finally, the survey encourages families to prepare themselves and their loved ones as best as possible for this new stage in life. Discuss with your family the transition ahead; prepare loved ones for the arrival of an outside caregiver by talking through their role and responsibilities. Last, create and organize a care plan and paperwork to share with the caregiver.
To find the Always Best Care office nearest you, call toll-free 1-855-470-CARE (2273), or visit www.AlwaysBestCare.com.
About Always Best Care
Founded in 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services is based on the belief that having the right people for the right level of care means peace of mind for the client and family. Always Best Care assists seniors with a wide range of illnesses and personal needs, and currently provides more than 4 million hours of care every year. Franchise opportunities are available to individuals interested in leveraging the company’s clear strategy and proven track record for delivering affordable, dependable service to seniors in their local areas.
By working with case managers, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, and families, Always Best Care franchise owners provide affordable, comprehensive solutions that can be specifically matched to meet a client’s particular physical or social needs. The hallmark services of the Always Best Care business portfolio include non-medical in-home care and assisted living finder and referral services, with skilled home health care now being phased in throughout the country. For more information, visit www.AlwaysBestCare.com. For franchise opportunities, visit www.FranchiseWithAlwaysBestCare.com.
Always Best Care also offers Free ABC Rx cards, which provide discounts of up to 65 percent off the cost of prescription drugs at more than 59,000 pharmacies across the USA, and have saved consumers more than $500,000 since its inception. This service is offered at no cost to the users, there are no deductibles, no waiting periods, no pre-existing exclusions, and no eligibility requirements -- everyone can use the card (even family members and pets!). The Free ABC Rx card covers many medications that Medicare Part D and regular insurance often do not. To download a free card, visit www.FreeABCRx.com.
Another exclusive program offered by Always Best Care is Always in Touch, a telephone reassurance program that provides a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults who are living alone and have limited contact with the outside world. Always in Touch is the only absolutely free national telephone reassurance program of its kind anywhere in the USA and Canada. For more information on Always in Touch, or to request an application, visit www.Always-in-Touch.com.
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