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Resources help families overcome resistance of seniors who need help

By Staff | Oct 8, 2010

The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Morgan, Berkley, Jefferson, Mineral and Hampshire counties has launched a new program designed to help area families who are caring for senior loved ones – many of who may be resistant to care.

A study of family caregivers whom responded to a survey on caregiverstress.com revealed that more than half of the respondents, 51 percent, said that their aging relative was very resistant to care.

The strain can take a particular toll on working family caregivers. The Home Instead Senior Care study revealed that 42 percent of caregivers spend more than 30 hours a week caregiving. That’s the equivalent of a second full-time job.

But experts say that keeping fiercely independent seniors safe at home isn’t a lost cause; there are solutions for them and their family caregivers.

The new, multi-media family caregiver support program is called Caring for Your Parents: Education for the Family Caregiver. The program includes a number of free online resources including educational videos, topical workbooks, a stress meter and a wealth of information designed to help families provide the best care possible for their aging loved one. All of the resources are available at www.caregiverstress.com.

For more information about the Caring for Your Parents program and Home Instead Senior Care, please call Debby Rockwell at 304-263-4472.