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INDIVIDUAL & FAMILY SERVICES

The Hidden Cost of Caregiving

The Caregiver Resource Center Services

The Benefits of Our Services

 

About Our Company

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DID YOU KNOW

Eldercare often requires a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses:

- healthcare

- ADL's

- transportation

- finances

- emotional well being

 

I was really worried talking with my brothers about where my mom wanted to live, since we've never been able to agree on anything. I was really relieved when The Caregiver Resource Center helped us all to agree to support mom's wishes.

Sarah, Bill, Murray & Mom
New Canaan, CT

Elder caregiving can be a challenging and stressful experience, that can be compounded even more, when the elder lives in a different community or even a different state. In addition, you may be trying to juggle the responsibilities of caregiving, raising children, and holding down a job.

     
The Hidden Cost of Caregiving

A 2010 study by MetLife, reported that the average elder caregiver, experiences lost revenue of more than $659,000 over the course of their lifetime:

  - $ 567,000 in lost wages
  - $ 67,000 in retirement contributions
  - $ 25,000 in social security benefits

Other affects experienced by caregivers:

  sleeplessness
  backaches
  headaches
  stomach disorders
  depression

In fact:

  75% of caregivers interviewed said that caregiving had harmed their health
  1 in 5 persons reported "significant" health problems

     
The Caregiver Resource Center Services

We provide support and guidance, to assist you and your loved ones, through the stressful and often confusing process of elder caregiving. All services are individually designed to meet your unique needs, and are on a fee for services basis. Our services may be covered under the medical benefits plan provided by your insurance company, however it is your responsibility to determine whether services are covered under your plan.

Caregiver Support

One on one support services offer you an opportunity to take care of yourself. Through this process you can express your feelings, and develop positive coping techniques, to deal with the stresses and emotions that are part of caregiving.

Facilitation of Open Discussions

We are available to meet with a few select people or an entire family, in order to help facilitate a discussion with the elder about their perceived needs and desires.

Needs Assessment

Before you can begin to develop an appropriate care plan for the elder, it is first necessary to determine the elder's ability to remain safely independent, along with their strengths, weaknesses, and areas of concern. We will work with you and area professionals to obtain an assessment of the elder's psychological, social and functional needs.

Development of an Individualized Care Plan

Following the determination of the elder's needs, wishes and desires, financial situation, and available resources, the next step is to develop an individualized care plan. We are available to work with the elder, family, and area professionals to develop a care plan that focuses on the elder's current needs, required treatment (e.g. medical, psychiatric, physical therapy), housing requirements, and optimal utilization of community resources

Professional Referrals

Once it is determined the services needed, we are available to help you research community resources, complete applications, arrange for on-site visits, and provide checklists of pertinent questions that you may want to ask prior to retaining any services.

Information & Education

Tracking down current and accurate information can be a very time consuming project. We are available to do the research for you, and provide you with websites, the title of books and their authors, upcoming seminars, or printed literature on desired topics of interest such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, substance abuse, or depression.

Monitoring & Advocacy

On occasion, an elder's family is unable to provide the oversight and monitoring of eldercare, due to living a distance away, work commitments, or other family obligations. We are available to act as a liaison to families, ensuring that the elder is doing well, alerting families to areas of concern, and providing advocacy to ensure that the elder is receiving the services that they need and for which they are paying.

Consultation Services

We often receive calls from frustrated loved ones, who share that they are dealing with situations, for which they don't see any solutions. Our philosophy is that there is always at least one solution to every problem. Together we brainstorm the situation until we come up with that solution.

A few examples of what we mean:

Challenge      A son calls us to say that he is worried about his mother who is unsteady on her feet, and fears that if she falls, she may not be able to reach a phone to call for help.
Solution We explore the possibility of a service, that provides a pendant with push button access to a Central Monitoring Station, that when alerted will dispatch emergency personnel to the scene.
Challenge A woman calls us to express frustration, that her mother-in-law has not been taking her medication, and is at risk.
Solution Together with the elder, we explore the reasons for their not taking their medication. We discover that the elder wants to take their medication, but has trouble remembering.
   
  With the elder's agreement, the daughter-in-law purchases an automatic medication dispenser, that monitors the dispensing of medication during the day. They also decide to arrange for the friendly reminder service, that provides telephone calls to a designated family member, if medications have not been properly dispensed.

Counseling Services for the Elder

These services may include issues related to the elder:

  - accepting the need for assistance
  - adjusting to potential change (e.g. upcoming move to assisted living)
  - dealing with an emotional concerns (e.g. grief and loss)
  - addressing a medical issue (e.g. depression or substance abuse)

Counseling Services for Loved Ones

These services may include issues related to loved ones:

  - understanding the aging process
  - coming to terms with the status of the elder
  - healing difficult relationships or unfinished business
  - working through the stress and guilt related to necessary care decisions (e.g. placement in a nursing home)

     
The Benefits of Our Services

  Reduced Stress and worry about making the "right" choices for the elder.
  Support for yourself in dealing with a wide range of emotions.
  Professional Guidance through a stressful and often confusing process.
  Research on topics and providers, so that you can reclaim some leisure time.
  Peace of Mind that your loved one is safe and receiving the services needed.  
 

To obtain more information or to request a consultation click on Contact Us

     

About Our Company

Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. has over twenty five years of experience providing services for individuals, couples, families, and organizations.  Our mission is to provide a broad range of high quality counseling, outreach, and consultation services to help clients assess their needs, evaluate their relationships, define their goals, and design action plans that includes specific and practical steps to achieve those goals.

Our organizational goals are to:

  - provide services regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion
  - respect our clients' beliefs
  - support our clients' individuality, diversity, and unique needs
  - preserve our clients' independence, dignity, and confidentiality
  - offer services to individuals, couples, and families
  - consult with professionals, businesses, and other organizations
  - design and run effective Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  - conduct quality educational programs

 

The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc.  Our mission is to assist seniors, people with special needs and their families; in understanding the aging process, facilitating open communication; and providing information, support and guidance through the caregiving process.

Our goals are to:

  - offer services that will help preserve an elder's health, safety and quality of life; while at the same time allowing them to maintain their independence and dignity.
  - provide support, understanding, and guidance to all person's who are directly or indirectly responsible for the well-being of an elder; in an effort to improve the quality of their lives.

 

In addition to working with seniors, people with special needs and their families; The Caregiver Resource Center also provides a spectrum of services for businesses and their employees.

Our services help maximize employee productivity, sustain supervisors' focus on operations, and equips senior management with an effective cost management tool.

We are available to provide services on a case-by-case basis, or as a full service company program.

 

The Caregiver Resource Center
a division of
Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc.
PO Box 122
Cos Cob (Greenwich), CT 06807-0122

For more information or to request a consultation, please contact:
Linda A. Ziac,
LPC, LADC, BCPC, CCM, CEAP, CDP
President

 

  

(203) 861-9833
Contact Us

 

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Updated 10/15/17

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