“We want caregivers to recognize their value in our community and encourage them to set aside more time to love on themselves”
Newport News, Virginia (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
Care Keepers. Inc. launched earlier this year with a clear focus to care for the needs of caregivers, celebrate their contributions to the lives of others and motivate communities to collectively share in the responsibility of caregiving. Care Keepers offers a wide variety of personal and domestic services to caregivers in the Newport News, Yorktown, Williamsburg and Hampton area. Services available to caregivers include running routine errands, performing household chores, meal preparation, home/office organizing, scheduling and appointment reminders, yard work etc. “We are open to doing whatever we can to make caregivers’ lives easier,” says Jaynee Sasso, president of Care Keepers, Inc.
The average family caregiver spends 20hrs per week providing for the needs of loved ones and most resources or services available are primarily patient driven and focused. Typically, family caregivers have the additional responsibilities of filling the role of wife, mother and sustaining a professional career. The average family caregiver will provide care for a loved one or friend for 4.6 years.
Sasso has been a caregiver to family and friends for over 15 years, beginning from the time she left college the end of her sophomore year, to assist with the care of her terminally ill grandmother. Since that time, Sasso and her husband of eleven years have overseen the care of family and friends. However, they depended upon the support of people in their community who were available to lend a helping hand. “Encouraging words are always nice to hear but some days you can get so overwhelmed that what you really want is someone to DO something!” says Sasso.
Care Keepers Inc. is committed to providing resources and instituting additional services that support caregivers emotionally and spiritually. “We want caregivers to recognize their value in our community and encourage them to set aside more time to love on themselves,” says Sasso. Recently the organization presented the Caregivers Appreciation Award to (2) members of the Newport News community. Sandra Lane and Ruth Magil were both honored for their faithful service to their community. Their personal stories of tragedy and triumph are featured on the company’s Caregivers Spotlight web page in hopes of encouraging and inspiring others.
The organization is also actively recruiting and assembling a directory of healthcare professionals and members of the community, who will volunteer their time to provide caregivers with much needed respite care. “Caregivers need a break. Being isolated from friends and family is not healthy for anyone. Depending on your situation, your loved one may not be able to travel outside the home. If this is the case, as it was for me during periods of my journey, then it’s possible that you spend days without really leaving the house. As a result, you begin to feel like the walls are closing in on you and you are suffocating. Without an outlet, depression can begin to set in. Respite care is a necessity and should be readily accessible to every caregiver despite their economic status,” says Sasso. Through the efforts of Care Keepers, caregivers will be strengthened and communities motivated to serve by sharing in the responsibility of caregiving.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jaynee Sasso, please call (757) 726 -7090 or email Jaynee at info(at)carekeepersinc(dot)com