More than 50,000 people in Ireland are caregivers for elderly parents and relatives, almost one third of the adult population. The caregiving role can be rewarding, but it’s also one of high stress, low recognition and family strain.
The Family Carer and Senior Citizen Guidebook brings together practical advice and information to encourage and support these men and women who give so much for their ageing loved ones. “Being a caregiver can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Caregivers often feel overwhelmed by the work and the demands of those receiving their care. Over time caregivers pay a high emotional, physical, social and financial price for caring and giving. The Family Carer and Senior Citizen Guidebook is a support to caregivers and encourages them in their labour of love,” says Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Senior Care.
Produced by Home Instead Senior Care with the support of Age Action, the HSE and Nursing Homes Ireland, the guidebook provides a comprehensive overview of ageing issues and support available in Ireland including:
- Allowances and Entitlements
- Financial Advice
- Legal Information
- Community Support
- Care Options
The information and advice available is for family carers and older people making it easier to navigate the caring and ageing terrain in Ireland. The guidebook also includes real life stories and case studies from people who age “successfully” – these are the people who have prepared for their senior years or who have cared for ageing loved ones and taken steps to safeguard their health, safety, social and family needs.
“While ageing and caring for loved ones may present many challenges, it also presents an opportunity to continue to live a happy, healthy and independent life. We encourage older people and family carers alike to take the time to read the guidebook and stop, think and plan for the future and think about what is necessary to age successfully”, advises Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Senior Care.
Call 1890 989 755 to order a free copy of the 2015 Family Carer and Senior Citizen Guidebook.