Education is the first step, which is why we are pleased this joint program has the potential to reach so many family caregivers with valuable information and resources.
Omaha, NE (PRWEB) June 21, 2011
Two nationally recognized organizations that serve seniors are joining forces to educate family caregivers about one of the most painful and common conditions that afflict older adults.
The Home Instead Senior Care® network, working with the Arthritis Foundation, has produced a video series to help those who care for seniors link to videos to learn more about arthritis. The video series is part of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Family Caregiver Education(SM) program, which highlights topics of importance to caregivers of older adults.
Fifty million Americans have doctor-diagnosed arthritis – a condition that refers to more than 100 different diseases that cause pain, swelling and limited movement in joints or other parts of the musculoskeletal system, according to the Arthritis Foundation. By 2030 that number is estimated to grow to 67 million.
“Family caregivers often are at a loss to know how to help relieve the discomfort of those who suffer from arthritis,” said Jeff Huber, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Home Instead Senior Care network, the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors. “That’s why we are delighted to work with the Arthritis Foundation to bring renewed awareness of this difficult condition that impacts so many seniors.”
Of those currently diagnosed with arthritis, more than 21 million have arthritis-related activity limitations. As a result, arthritis costs the U.S. economy $128 billion in lost wages and productivity annually, the Arthritis Foundation reports.
The key to successful treatment is early diagnosis and the institution of an appropriate treatment plan, said Tom Fite, Arthritis Foundation CEO, Heartland Region. “Education is the first step, which is why we are pleased this joint program has the potential to reach so many family caregivers with valuable information and resources.”
About Home Instead Senior Care
Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy and Puerto Rico. The Home Instead Senior Care network employs more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.
About The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases -- the nation's most common cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of arthritis research in the world. Since 1948, the Arthritis Foundation has provided over $400 million to arthritis-related research through its nationally recognized peer-review research award program. The Arthritis Foundation helps people with arthritis with a three pronged approach: funding research, advocating for people with arthritis through public policy initiatives, and through public health programs.