Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) November 11, 2014
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the more than 65 million caregivers – or 30 percent of the U.S. population – who provide care for an aging, ill, or disabled family member or friend. And statistics show these numbers will continue to increase. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2013, with the “Baby-Boomer” generation aging, more than 70 million adults will join Medicare by 2030 and will desire to receive care at home.* As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, supporting these American heroes by assisting with their care would be an incredible relief to those family members performing this labor of love.
“We have an aging population to the likes that we have never seen before. By 2020 over 20% of our community will be 65 or older and by 2050 for the first time ever we will have more people over 65 than we will have 18 or younger,” said Bob Roth, co-founder of Cypress HomeCare Solutions, a Phoenix-based private duty, in-home care service agency. “As the number of aging Baby Boomers continue to grow, so will the number of people needing care. It is up to us to be the devoted family member, friend, or neighbor to assist these family caregivers.
There are about 557,000 veterans currently living in Arizona. Chris Gozo, 29, a Cypress HomeCare Solutions Caregiver and a Marine veteran, says his reasons for becoming a caregiver were simple: “The increasing geriatric population in Arizona was a major concern and I saw a vast need for help in this area. I took care of my country in the past, and I wanted to continue that trend in Arizona as a caregiver. I have been fortunate to work with Cypress and their clients who are retired Air Force and Marine soldiers and caring for them is a way of honoring their service. As a young man, I took care of my grandmother a great part of her life and it was only natural that I continue my efforts to make people’s lives better.”
“On average, our homecare workers spend approximately 29 hours a week providing care for a loved one,” Roth said. “Our trained homecare caregivers have been providing care to our community for the past 20 years. We want to make sure that family members, friends and neighbors do not shoulder all of the responsibilities alone. Many put their own lives on hold to care for someone close to them. We allow the family caregiver to get a respite so they can take some time off to rejuvenate and take care of their own needs.”
Historically, Roth added, family caregivers are in need of assistance, especially around the holiday season. “The week after Thanksgiving and Christmas generates more requests for our services than any other time of the year,” Roth said. “It is during the holiday season when the realization happens that a loved one can no longer stay at home alone. Family members cannot do it alone. Many of the family members are busy raising their own families and do not have the time to commit to assisting a loved one through the aging continuum. This is where agencies like Cypress HomeCare Solutions can share the care and help them care for their loved ones.”