Free Yearend Checklists Helps Eldercare Providers Welcome New Year

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Parent Care offering list to make holidays less fretful and more festive for caregivers and their aging parents. List provides twenty-five items that can help caregivers not only catch up on 2007responsibilities but also get a head start on 2008.

For many who are helping aging parents, the holiday season and the approaching new year fretfulness has replaced the festive air of holidays past. The multiple demands of family, spouses, jobs and parents have left them exhausted. Many are overwhelmed by even the thought of the demands of the waning year. Much that they'd hoped to accomplish remains undone with a tsunami of new "to do's" just ahead. Parent Care is making an offer to caregivers to help. All visitors to it's website can download a free year-end checklist to help.

Designed to complement the detailed "How to" feature article that is available to subscribers, it also offers much needed help to non-subscribers. "The http:Parent Care checklist has a dual purpose" says company CEO Bill Gillis. "The twenty-five point checklist is designed to help caregivers complete 2007 tasks and get a head start on 2008." Gillis cites year-end tasks like helping parents sign up for Medicare prescription benefits and for caregivers to submit reimbursement claims for funds spent on parents' behalf.

Gillis indicates that approximately half of the items listed apply to the coming year. "Accomplishing these tasks now can be beneficial throughout the coming year" Gillis indicates. He cites reviewing long term care insurance policies and tax filing preparation as examples. "In addition, many items serve the dual purposes of enhancing parent's safety while saving them money." The checklist urges caregivers to consider replacing parent's incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs that use less energy while producing more light than their low tech counterparts. "Caregivers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing their parents are paying less for electricity and not needing to worry that parents risk falls while climbing ladders to change burned out bulbs since CFLs last for years."

To obtain their stress relieving checklist, caregivers need to visit the Parent Care website. They can print it, place it on their refrigerator doors and check off an item per day. While all caregivers might not need all the items of the list, the company urges them to tuck it away for future reference.

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