San Mateo, CA, January 22, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- A growing number of adult children are caring for aging parents. Stretched to the limit, they are overwhelmed and looking for help. Home care services may provide that much needed respite.
Caring for elderly parents is becoming commonplace. Nearly one-third of today’s workforce is caring for an aging parent. Many of these unpaid caregivers are part of the Sandwich Generation – adult children caught in the middle of caring for elderly parents while also raising children. They are stretched to the limit financially, physically and emotionally, as they try to balance numerous responsibilities.
For some, caring for a loved one is not a choice, but a necessity. Companion or congregate housing options, which provide basic home care and a watchful eye, can be expensive. Additionally, most seniors are adamant about remaining in their homes. According to an AARP study, more than 90 percent over the age of 55 intend to stay in their homes the rest of their lives.
Although staying at home can be a less expensive alternative, it does little to ease the minds of adult children who devote a large portion of their time to “checking up” on their parents. Errands such as taking a parent to a doctor’s appointment or grocery shopping, handling various financial concerns, and performing various chores around the home consume an average of eighteen hours a week.
It is not surprising that many family caregivers are frustrated, depressed and stressed out trying to balance it all. Fortunately, caregivers are finding help from home care companies offering everything from companionship and light housekeeping to hygiene assistance and medication reminders.
The home and companion care industry has exploded in recent years, fueled by an increased demand for services and a growing aging demographic. While geared to helping seniors, these service-based businesses have also provided a much-needed respite for an overwhelmed generation of caregivers.
Heidi Park-Yoon, the San Mateo Area Director of Acti-Kare, an in-home senior care giving service, understands the dilemma many adult children are facing today as they care for aging parents. “Adult children want to be there for their parents, but are just pulled in too many directions. Home care services like ours provide relief, support and peace of mind, even if just for a few hours a week.”
Discussions about long-term care for seniors are likely to continue as the population ages, and while families will likely continue to be the primary caregiver, rising costs and societal pressures will also create a greater demand for more support services and resources for those caregivers.
Find out more about the San Mateo Acti-Kare by calling 650-332-3994 or by visiting the Acti-Kare web site at: www.actikare.com.
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A Population at Risk