Free Caregiver's Guide Helps Caregivers & Loved-Ones

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 General News J E 4
WAYNE, N.J., March 25 Finding ways to help caregiversmaintain a sense of balance in their lives while allowing their loved ones toremain independent is the focus of a recently published free Caregiver'sguide. Today, there are an estimated 50 million Americans who are caregiversand the free caregivers' guide will help them enhance the health, safety andwellness of their loved-ones

The guide provides caregivers with an easy-to-implement and inexpensiveway to maximize the well-being of their loved-ones and reduce the stressassociated with caregiving. The Caregiver's Guide presents a practical step-by-step approach towards caregiving and includes topics like: how to know ifyour loved one is taking their medications; ensuring that medications aretaken as prescribed; reminding your loved one of important tasks; checking onyour loved one's safety and well-being; developing a plan for workingcaregivers; creating a home safety check list.

According to the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 50million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged familymember or friend during any given year. Given the intense and emotionalnature of the caregiving relationship, these Americans are facing an enormousamount of stress. An AARP study found that the pressures of caregiving havean impact on the caregiver's health, family relationships and job performance.

The guide also introduces an inexpensive and innovative electroniccaregiver's assistant that has many helpful care-management features. Forexample, it reminds users to take their medications and to perform importantsafety-related tasks and actions. If the loved-one does not acknowledge thereminder messages, the caregiver is automatically alerted by phone with anautomated message to check on the user's well-being.

One out of four seniors lives alone and over 50% of seniors fail to taketheir medications as prescribed. The failure to take medications asprescribed can have a serious effect upon health. Studies indicate that itcan cost an extra $2,000 a year for each patient in extra doctor visits alone,and non-compliance is associated with as many as 40% of nursing homeadmissions.

The Caregiver's Guide was developed by Safety Response Systems, arecipient of Today's Caregiver Magazine's 2008 Caregiver Friendly ProductAward. Today's Caregiver is the leading provider of information, support andguidance for family and professional caregivers.

To obtain a free Caregiver's Guide visit: orcall toll-free 1 866 664-7100.

SOURCE Caregiver's Guide


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