Senior alert systems can reduce stress for caregivers

Alan Wu

July 25, 2011

Some companies provide assistance to employees who are providing care for loved ones while working full-time jobs. The Society for Human Resource Management conducted a survey in 2006, in which they found that 26 percent of companies offered eldercare referral services,The Spectrum reports.

Family caregivers can talk to their employers about their options. If none are offered, it could be a good idea to suggest starting one, especially as the Baby Boomer generation is beginning to reach retirement age and more people will soon need to provide care for their aging family members.

More than 29 percent of the American population were spending an average of 20 hours per week caring for chronically ill, disabled or aging family members in 2009, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.

A senior alert system can provide security that an older adult will be able to get help if they fall or are injured. A family caregiver can purchase a personal emergency response system to keep loved ones safe when they are alone. It is important for family caregivers to take time for themselves, as the combination of many responsibilities can be stressful.