Remembering the Unsung Caregivers This Labor Day With Ideas From Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Experts

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Caregivers for the elderly or disabled are often overlooked on Labor Day, and these essential workers, some unpaid, provide services without which our society wouldn't function. Pennsylvania members of the Personal PR Forum offer ideas for some extra gestures of gratitude.

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PA LTC experts Camill, Allen, Soslow & Bressler

Chances are most us will become caregivers at some time. Most of us will need caregiving of some form eventually. Let’s get in the habit of showing our appreciation for this great labor of love.

On Labor Day we remember the tireless workers who keep this country going strong.  Often forgotten are the unpaid or low-salaried caregivers without whom our society could not function. 

Members of the Personal PR Forum (PPR Forum) offer some ideas for great ways to show appreciation for these essential workers and family members who care for aging or disabled Americans.

Kevin Bressler, a top long-term care insurance agent with offices in Wayne tells us, “As people age or become disabled, many cannot get by on a daily basis without the caregivers who selflessly tend to them – helping them eat, bathe, use the restroom, dress, etc.  Our society could not function without caregivers, yet we may not give them the amount of thanks they deserve.”  

Bressler is one of four leading long-term care insurance agents in Pennsylvania who are members of the PPR Forum and weighed in on the topic.  To show gratitude to caretakers, these experts propose a Labor Day token of thanks.

“It doesn’t have to be fancy or costly,” says Anthony Camill, with offices in Venetia. “Just some token to those who have helped you or someone in your family. Labor Day is the perfect time for it.”

Camill suggests some appropriate tokens: 

-A greeting card,
-Flowers, or a single rose,
-An edible treat,
-A framed picture of the person they’re helping,
-A simple phone call, or
-In-person thanks with a hug.
 
“The main thing is to let the caregiver know you care about them and truly appreciate all they do, delivered in a spirit of devotion,” Camill says.

Some caregivers are low-paid professionals such as nurses and home-care aides. Most, numbering in the millions, are unpaid relatives of those needing care, mostly female, who sacrifice careers and personal lives. “Millions of men provide care services, too,” says Ted Soslow, an experienced agent with offices in Haverford. “Chances are most us will become caregivers at some time.  Most of us will need caregiving of some form eventually.  Let’s get in the habit of showing our appreciation for this great labor of love.”

Soslow mentions that long-term care insurance makes life easier for unpaid caregivers (mostly family members) by ensuring funds for professional care are available if needed. This allows breadwinners to maintain family income and lifestyle.

Cathy Allen, an expert with offices in Bangor offers, “We’re glad to help businesses, families and individuals learn if this type of protection is right for them, and if it is, to find the best, most affordable policy for their situation.”  She and her fellow long-term care insurance agents in Pennsylvania who have joined in the PPR Forum are happy to assist consumers as well as organizations researching the topic.   

“When people can afford the care they need,” Allen adds, “their caregivers end up far more relaxed and feeling more appreciated as well.”

Kevin Bressler: (Wayne)  610-783-6970 LTCKevin.com
Anthony Camill: (Venetia)  412-445-6171 AnthonyCamill.ltcfp.com
Ted Soslow: (Haverford)  610 642 3332 TedSoslow.ltcfp.com
Cathy Allen: (Bangor) 610-588-0852 CathyAllen.ltcfp.com

The Personal PR Forum, a service of EraNova Institute, provides do-it-yourself public relations tools and resources for professional people, companies, and other organizations. For information on membership, visit http://pprforum.ning.com.

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