One of the best feelings in the world is heading home after a long day at work, kicking up your feet, having some dinner, and relaxing. But while you're relaxing remember there are thousands of people that don't get to enjoy that luxury. They're not going home. They're not going to relax. They're selflessly spending their free time taking care of a loved one in need. They are family caregivers.
A family caregiver is anyone who provides any type of physical and/or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home. This definition describes an astounding 29% of U.S. adults. Sadly, most of these selfless individuals don't even realize that they've earned the privilege to call themselves the heroic name of family caregiver. And worse, most of these people don't realize that there is an abundance of help and resources out there to help them and their family everyday. Does this describe you?
If it does, you should know that what you do makes a difference. You make a difference, not only to your loved ones, but to your entire family and your community. And remember you have resources all around to help you continue performing your invaluable services.
Family caregivers are spouses, children, parents and other relatives who have put their loved ones needs above their own in the interest of creating the best and most comfortable life for that person. Currently, 75% of family caregivers are female, but the number of male family caregivers is on the rise, according to Georgetown's research on caregivers.
To make these matters even more difficult, most caregivers are part of the "Sandwich Generation", caring for children and aging parents at the same time, which can be very stressful for this group of 35-64 year olds. It becomes a juggling act between career, children and other roles, on top of the caregiving. The sad truth is that while the caregiver brings health and joy to the lives of others, their own health tends to suffer.
This is a reminder to thank the caregivers you know, and support them in any way you can. Support can be anything; from a kind and encouraging word, to offering your time one night a week so they can go home and relax. Synergy Homecare can be your way to say Thank you to your self or a family caregiver. We can Provide the care and companionship with caregiver services for your loved one.
There are always truly fascinating and inspiring stories behind family caregivers. We invite you to take part in "Arms Around Family Caregivers", our outreach program dedicated to help family caregivers through online resources, community support, education and the opportunity to receive respite care. Please contact our office for details.
Love, selflessness, admiration and devotion are just a few of the words that describe the emotions that lead to the role. Family caregivers give more than just care; physical, mental and emotional energy, financial support and hour upon hour of their personal time.
If you're one of these selfless individuals, keep up the good work, and remember you're not alone! Synergy Homecare has the resources to help! Call our office today-973-808-3475 or vist us on the web at www.synergyhomcare.com. We are proud to announce that we have expanded into Hudson County.