As one of the oldest and most respected senior service agencies in New Jersey, SAGE Eldercare helps thousands of seniors enjoy satisfying, independent lives by providing quality home care and health services. In addition, SAGE Eldercare has created a program to help adult children face the challenges of caring for older parents. This free program, “Aging Parents 101,” provides a forum for learning about and discussing relevant issues family caregivers face on a daily basis.
According to the National Family Caregivers Association, this year there has been a special emphasis on the need for everyone to help family caregivers protect their health in order to lead more satisfying lives. The developers of ClearCare’s sophisticated home care system and home care software have always firmly believed in the importance of turning to professional caregivers for help when the burden of care falls on families.
National Family Caregivers Month
In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. As interest in family caregiving issues has increased, the 2012 theme for NFC Month became: “BELIEVE in yourself…PROTECT your health…REACH OUT for help.” In an effort to help caregivers do just that, SAGE Eldercare developed their program on educating adult children how to cope with caring for aged parents.
SAGE’s program will be led by the organization’s GPS (Guidance, Planning & Support) Services Care Navigators – registered nurses who specialize in geriatric care. Experts agree that educating oneself is one of the keys to handling difficult situations that arise with family caregiving. Another important key is knowing when to ask for help. Reaching out to a reputable home care agency that offers a dependable home care system can prevent unnecessary stress and burnout.
Family Caregivers and Home Care Software
Working with an agency that uses ClearCare’s home care software will give families much-needed time off, as well as reassuring peace of mind. When the caregiver arrives at the parent’s home, she must use the home telephone to clock in – letting family members know that she is indeed at the house as scheduled. Caregivers are also required to update their home care software when important daily tasks have been completed – which is also visible to relatives in real-time.
Tasks set in ClearCare’s home care system may include:
- Medication reminders
- Doctor’s appointments
- Exercise or physical therapy
- Meal times, dietary considerations and allergies
- Mood/behavioral changes to watch out for
Families can rest assured that caregivers using such an advanced home care system will leave nothing up to chance, providing the absolute best care possible.
Providing care to elderly parents can easily become overwhelming. Don’t let the pressure get to that point – ask for help now. Working with a quality home care agency that offers ClearCare’s home care system may very well be the answer you’ve been searching for.