Our golden years are supposed to one of the most wonderful times of our lives. Retirement and rest, grandchildren, travel, and the freedom to enjoy the things one has worked toward should be a joyous time. But for many the golden years are hard. The economy alone has taken a bite from hard earned savings that our elderly had planned on for extended care. Medical expenses continue to sore and Federal benefits that have been paid into for years trickle instead of pour into the hands of those who’ve worked and waited to be recipients.
For some even the early part of the golden years are plagued with health issues. This is the time roles reverse and the children who were once cared for by parents become the caregivers. Medical advancements, medications and facility care have increased the longevity of our seniors. Statistics show that approximately 44% of America’s baby boomers are now caregivers, turning the numbers into 2 out of every 7 families facing the in-home extended care of their parents.
Assisted living facilities are springing up across the country for those who have the means to invest in that specific care and nursing homes are at capacity with those who cannot. We have to wonder what will happen in years to come with a system that can barely manage the care of these valuable individuals.
Today’s world no longer offers an easy way to help manage the lives of those who helped build this country. The busyness and lack of priorities cause many families to call the care of their loved ones, “a problem” not a blessing.
An independent study done through students at the University of California at Berkley found the growing number of seniors requiring even minor assistance in their golden years is on the rise and quickly developing into full-time needs. In-home caregivers now provide for 25% of those who are receiving care. Of these “informal” caregivers less that 5% have adequate training.
Seeking the help of licensed caregiving agencies is becoming more and more important in protecting and providing exceptional care for our aging loved ones. Unfortunately, extended care is not free. Many individuals live with the misconception that Medicare provides coverage for this need when in fact, it doesn’t. When families hire a licensed company to aid in the assistance of their loved ones, certain guarantees fall into place. Licensed agencies, such as Comfort Keepers, perform full background, driving and credit checks on all employees. They carry workman’s compensation and business liability insurance that not only protects them, but their clients as well. A licensed company offers continued training to their employees and adheres to the state and federal standards set for the industry. When you hire a licensed company such as Comfort Keepers, you are hiring dependability and reliability.
Aging is difficult and coming to that realization is hard for our parents. Their dignity and self-esteem fall when they feel as though they are a problem.
Famed children’s author Shel Silverstein once wrote,
“Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”
Said the old man, “I do that too.”
The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
“I do that too,” laughed the old man.”
Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
The old man nodded, “So do I.”
“But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
“I know what you mean,” said the old man.””
Allow Comfort Keepers to provide that much needed love, assistance and encouragement for your loved one. Place their care in the hands of capable caregivers