Embrace the Moments That Matter
Hello friends and families,
This month, I would like to talk about a specific group of people that we feel very close to at Synergy HomeCare: family caregivers. Although family caregivers represent roughly 30% of the adult population in the United States, only a small number of these people identify themselves as family caregivers.
The hard facts are these: many family members who care for a struggling loved one do not know where to turn for respite. Though their care is freely given, the cost can be measured in the forms of energy, time and financial support. Many family caregivers give so much of themselves that their health declines.
Numerous organizations and alliances are here to provide support to family caregivers. Synergy Homecare is one of them. Only a year after President Obama's declaration of National Family Caregiver Month in November, we have created our outreach program "Arms Around Family Caregivers" to sustain the needs of family caregivers and the people they selflessly serve.
I admire the efforts of family caregivers. They are tasked with the challenge of ensuring their loved ones' comfort, safety, and health while still pursuing their own careers, raising their own families, and participating in other endeavors. If you are a family caregiver, or are seeking help for someone you know who is a family caregiver, you should know that care is closer than you think. In fact, it is a mouse click away.
We invite you to share how your family has benefitted from the care of a family caregiver on our blog. Whether you are a family caregiver yourself, receive care from a family caregiver, or admire the efforts of a family caregiver, your story is welcome.
Each story doubles as a nomination for the family caregiver of the year. Based on the number of comments and votes by our blog community, Synergy HomeCare will provide 40 hours of respite care to the winning story and family. We also invite you to participate in our Life Time Learning program, a valuable information source to family caregivers.
As Synergy HomeCare extends is reach to encompass family caregivers, we hope that you will join us as we recognize, reward and remember them.
Founder and CEO Synergy HomeCare
To share your story, please visit the Arms Around Family Caregivers page on our blog.
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Family caregivers regularly tend to their loved ones needs, making it easier for them to maintain a level of independence. Below are a few resources that you can distribute to the family caregivers you know that may assist them in the caring of their loved one and help find a sense of relief when needed most.
For a complete list of resources, please visit our website.
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Congratulations to all of the Synergy HomeCare locations that opened in October, 2010!