Parent Care Urges Holistic, Proactive Eldercare

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In new Green Caregiving series, leading eldercare service links enhancing safety of aging parents to benefiting the environment.

The majority of the country's thirty million caregivers who assist elderly parents react to sequential events instead of proactively managing parents' care. Parent Care believes this reactive approach may subject seniors to unnecessary risks and cause harm to the environment.

In a series of articles launched today on Parent Care, the firm demonstrates the interdependence of seemingly discrete factors. Parent Care CEO Bill Gillis observes "When caregivers understand the links between eldercare and environmental issues, the true meaning of Green Caregiving emerges."

In Part 1 of its Green Caregiver series, the firm uses seemingly innocuous issues that confront caregivers to demonstrate its point. One such issue is the need to regularly change furnace filters. Most caregivers don't assign a high priority to this less than appealing task. Parent Care uses it as one of several examples to illustrate the need for a holistic caregiving approach. Changing filters regularly has the potential to improve air quality in seniors' homes while simultaneously reducing heating costs and elders' carbon footprint.

The series provides numerous similar synergistic examples ranging from changing light bulbs, to repairing leaking faucets and measuring the temperature of water in hot water tanks. Gillis hopes that viewing these seemingly benign issues in a new light will cause caregivers to embrace what he calls ecologically sensitive eldercare. "When caregivers understand that installing compact fluorescent light bulbs in stairways not only increases parents' safety but also lowers energy consumption, we will have reached a milestone", Gillis states. "Becoming a green caregiver is a winning proposition for all."

About Parent Care, Inc.
Parent Care is the leading information source for the country's seven million long distance eldercare providers and their employers. Parent Care, The Parent Care Report and The Parent Care Channel are registered trademarks of the firm.

In addition to expert articles, subscription-based Parent Care provides reports on senior services in each of the country's 3,300 counties to help caregivers locate and evaluate local service providers. Daily tips, senior-related news, book reviews, safety checklists and videos complement an array of other features. Recent articles include topics from preventing slips and falls to reverse mortgages, maximizing doctor visits and relocating elderly parents. All are archived for future reference.

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