Family caregivers who are providing unpaid support for a loved one know that the job often comes with stress, anxiety and depression. While these issues should not be overlooked, it's also important to note that the business employers of these caregivers can also feel a strain due to a workers' family commitments.
A survey from Caring.com found that more than 74 percent of family caregivers had to change their job situation or leave work to help provide aid for a loved one. This can not only put a financial burden on the family, but also have a negative effect on business, and the national economy as a whole.
Fleming Island resident, Karen Guster has experienced this firsthand. She had been considering moving her father, who has Alzheimer's disease, to a senior community, and was struggling with balancing her personal and professional life.
"I was at a loss for what to do. I needed to focus on my job, but I couldn't. During this time there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I just wanted my dad to stay home where he was safe and familiar with his surroundings," says Karen.
After looking into services in Fleming Island, Karen found Home Instead Senior Care. She was immediately drawn to the fact that Home Instead CAREgivers are trained in Alzheimer's disease. "I was nervous about Home Instead, but I knew after the CAREgiver came out to the house and met my dad that I was making the right choice having him stay home," she says. "I finally was able to relax and focus on my job."
Research has shown that it is possible to help manage the challenges of memory loss by staying in familiar surroundings for a person living with Alzheimer's disease. Orange Park is home for Karen's father and many other seniors—it's time for you to start finding out ways that Home Instead can help lessen your burden as a caregiver.
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