Americans are living longer and have many more options available to them for enjoying life, longer. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the “Baby Boomer Generation” began to turn 65 in 2011. The population of persons age 65 and older, will double in the next 25 years. By the year 2030, approximately 72 million, (1 in 5), individuals will be 65 years or older.
Currently, there are tens of millions of men and women, serving as family caregivers. Family caregivers serve as a critical component in taking on the role of providing care for family members while they are in their own homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities or living with the family caregiver. In fact, there are nearly 5 million multi-generational homes, (older parents living with their adult children), in America today.
The caregiver’s role often evolves over time. As one takes on more and more responsibilities, they may not realize how involved he or she has become. For others, caregiving comes in at a time of crisis, unplanned and unexpected. A sudden illness can turn an independent person into someone who needs assistance on a daily basis, dramatically effecting the entire family system. Counseling can be very helpful in addressing many of the issues which arise.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering from caregiver stress I can help!
As both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and experienced care coordinator, I attempt to attend to the needs and desires of all parties involved. Based on my comprehensive assessment, I will make recommendations for the setup and monitoring of a multitude of supportive services including:
- Development of individualized care plans in conjunction with physicians orders
- In-home safety evaluations
- Community resources
- Assist in screening of in-home caretakers and other services, required or requested.
- Act as liaison for family members, such as “Snow Bird” elders, and their children living out of state.