Latest AARP Caregiving Report Suggests That Caregivers Need Extra Support Too

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Lifeline Medical Alert System provides caregivers with reassurance that loved ones can summon help when required.

According to a 2004 study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP, an estimated 44 million U.S. caregivers face substantial challenges as they seek to maintain their own life balance while they support the needs of elder family members and/or those with disabilities. The survey also revealed that the average individual devotes about 20 hours per week to caregiving, and nearly one in five (17%) say they provide more than 40 hours. The average total length of caregiving is 4.3 years. While the most common caregiver situation is women helping women, 40% of caregivers are now reported to be men. More than half of care recipients live in their own home, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP.

Lifeline Systems, the company that first invented the personal medical alarm 30 years ago, and which today helps over 400,000 seniors or disabled people to live with greater independence and dignity in their own homes can provide reassurance to caregivers that their loved ones can summon the help they need when required.

Many caregivers do not get the support they need. More than one in three caregivers say no one else provided un-paid help to the person they care for during the past year. Half of the caregivers said that they did not avail themselves of any of a variety of services offered by their communities either. The level of care that caregivers say they provide has a direct impact on the caregivers ‘level of burden’. At the highest levels of burden, caregivers say they have less time for friends and family, hobbies or their own social activities. These burdened caregivers also say they are getting less exercise and believe that caregiving has affected their own health negatively. When asked what their greatest unmet needs were and what could be done to help them, the most frequent response was to find more time for themselves.

By allowing caregivers to leave home with the re-assurance that their parents or other loved ones can quickly summon help if required, the Lifeline medical alarm system is a welcome answer to these caregiver needs. Lifeline Systems, the company that introduced the personal medical alarm in the United States 30 years ago, today helps over 400,000 seniors or disabled people to live with greater independence and dignity in their own homes.

The Lifeline medical alert not only provides immediate access to the Lifeline Personal Response Service when needed, but it also offers several other features to enhance the everyday quality of life for both users and their caregivers. For example, the Lifeline CarePartner® Telephone can be set up to record and play up 6 personalized daily, weekly or one-time reminders. The reminders, which are recorded remotely from any touch-tone phone by a caregiver, can be used to provide messages about taking medication, keeping appointments, eating well, exercising... or simply expressing love and support.

The CarePartner Telephone works with either Lifeline's Slimline or Classic Pendant Personal Help Button and is yet another example of why more caregivers trust Lifeline to look after their loved ones. Lifeline is proud to be the preferred provider of personal response services to members of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, and to thousands of leading hospitals across the country. In addition, the Lifeline service is also available through select chapters of the American Red Cross.

When it comes to experience, no other personal response service compares to Lifeline. The service costs little more than a dollar a day, there are no hidden costs, no long-term contracts, and subscribers may discontinue the service at any time. For more information, visit http://www.lifelinesys.com.

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