Caring for a loved one, day in and day out without relief, can be a very tough journey. Fortunately, that’s a journey Makaylaa Powers knows well. After caring for her own aging parents, Ms. Powers decided to purchase her Visiting Angels franchise in 2004 to support seniors and their family members who take care of them in her community.
“After caring for my mother the last seven months of her life, while also caring for my stepfather who had dementia, I came to highly respect and empathize with the tasks of caregivers. Without their help, I don’t think I would have survived that difficult time,” said Ms. Powers.
“It was this experience that brought me to researching and buying Visiting Angels franchise. I hold the vision of giving back to the community and supporting seniors in our area. Our research shows that a rapidly aging population, coupled with the rising costs of nursing home care and depleted retirement funds, has created an urgent need for in-home elderly care.:
Ms. Powers cites an AARP/National Alliance for Care Giving study that sums up her experience and that of many caregivers. The 2006 study showed that family members who provide at least 40 hours a week of care are very stressed. Moreover, they often develop health problems of their own and have difficulty finding positive ways to cope. Most caregivers rated their emotional stress level as 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale.
Thanks to longer work days, as well as childcare responsibilities, working families, especially those in the “sandwich generation”, have less time to spend caring for their aging parents, which has created a real crisis in America. Visiting Angels solves that problem by providing non-medical senior care in the home of either the elderly client or the family who cares for the elder. Even one half a day or one day off per week, can work wonders.
“When seen in that context,” continued Ms. Powers, “we do serve as angels, helping with basic chores, personal hygiene, meal preparation, shopping, joyful companionship and providing a respite for family caregivers.
Remember, when it comes to compassionate care in a familiar setting, there’s no place like home for your loved one and no better caregiver than a Visiting Angel.
For more information about Visiting Angels, please visit our website at: http://www.visitingangels.com/kirkland/