, (PressExposure) July 25, 2006 -- Adult daughters typically assume major responsibilities for parent care-giving. For most women, these duties are added to already full jobs, at home, at the office, or both. "Elder care has become a top problem in our society today, as it replaces child care as the number one issue for men and women, in today's work force" said Tamara Cobos-Mendez, President of Senior Helpers. "People are spending more time caring for, or providing for, the care of their elderly parents than ever for caring for their own children. The problem will only magnify with the aging of the population. This is especially true, when we take into consideration, the "baby boomers" born between 1946 and 1964, and the children of that population explosion turning 60, in the year 2006!
Women frequently report sacrifice of personal time, privacy, peace of mind, freedom and personal plans, to assist elderly parents. Some people assume the responsibility because they feel able and willing. Others feel bound by duty. Others are feeling the financial strain on benefits and budgets created, as larger numbers of "boomers" are retiring.
It's estimated that up to seven million women are unpaid caregivers to the elderly. They struggle to cope with exhaustion, loneliness, mental/physical demands, and heartbreak of watching a loved one grow weaker. Many caretakers confess they feel guilty about asking for help, because it implies they are not living up to their responsibilities. Tamara Cobos-Mendez says helping caregivers realize they need help desperately is part of the job, and a relief to those who finally agree!
Senior Helpers provides an affordable solution for older individuals or couples capable of managing their physical needs, but who require non-medical assistance, light housework, meal preparation and/or companionship in order to remain independent at home.
According to Tamara Cobos-Mendez, Senior Helpers services can be arranged for as little as a couple of hours, or for as many as 24 hours, a day. Short-term assistance or longer-term care is available seven days a week, including holidays.
When a potential client contacts the company, a Senior Helpers consultant will arrange a meeting with the client and his or her family to discuss what services are needed. "Cost is on an hourly basis, " Tamara Cobos-Mendez said, "so hours can be decreased or increased based on changing needs."
The company's Caregiver employees are carefully selected individuals who are thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. "Special attention is given to matching Caregivers with clients to achieve the utmost compatibility, " Tamara Cobos-Mendez said.
Another aspect of Senior Helpers service, is their willingness to bring in-service staff to interested parties or groups, social workers, HR staff, and others, to help educate the public about the role of caregiving and the relief that is available. As Tamara Cobos-Mendez says, "Senior Helpers is just one call away."