Ohio Long-Term Care Experts Propose Extra Thanks to Often-Forgotten Caregivers This Labor Day

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On Labor Day we thank American workers, and often forget the caregivers: low-salaried or unpaid, without whom society couldn't function. Ohio members of the Personal PR Forum share some ideas on showing appreciation for these essential laborers.

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OH LTC experts Cullen, Baran, Hodges & Gray

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.

Labor Day provides the perfect opportunity to show some of the most essential yet most often forgotten American workers that they are appreciated.  

Pattianne Baran, a top long-term care insurance agent with offices in Lakewood 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.”

Baran is one of four leading long-term care insurance agents in Ohio who are members of the PPR Forum (PPR Forum). All four members recently shared ideas on how to show appreciation for these essential workers and family members who care for aging or disabled Americans.

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

Cullen 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,” Cullen 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 leading agent Thomas Hodges with offices in Cincinnati. “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.”

Hodges 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.

Brenda Gray, an expert with offices in Cincinnati 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 Ohio 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,” Gray adds, “their caregivers end up far more relaxed and feeling more appreciated as well.”

Pattianne Baran: (Lakewood) 216-409-0859 PattiAnneLTC.com

John Cullen: (Port Clinton)  419-797-9210  JohnCullen.org

Thomas Hodges: (Cincinnati) 513-519-6010 tomhodges.ltcfp.com

Brenda Gray: (Cincinnati)  513-541-3968  brendagray.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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