Support for Seniors and Caregivers
As an organization that serves seniors and caregivers, you know that for someone dealing with an aging parent or grandparent – or their own spouse, sibling or friend – the stress is enormous. You also know that caregivers usually do not have an organized means of understanding and preparing for the relentless process that can easily consume large portions of their lives and psyche.
You probably organize caregiving “fairs” where you bring in speakers and vendors who provide services, such as elder law attorneys, financial planners, geriatric care managers, home health providers, representatives from long term care facilities, aging-in-place specialists and more. You might also offer programs to assist with respite care, transportation, nutrition, education and other needs.
But, one of the most helpful – and least expensive – things you can do to help is to provide those you serve with a handbook to help them prepare for various stages of the caregiving process and to organize their affairs.
Why is a Caregiver’s Handbook so helpful?
Caregivers are often unprepared for their role and don’t know how to manage the process or evaluate the resources available to them. It’s not just that they don’t know the answers; they don’t know the questions!
Most people find themselves in the role of caregiver without any preparation. Typically, they are either thrust into the role as a result of some precipitating event such as a loved one breaking a hip or having a stroke, or; they are unsuspecting subjects of “caregiving creep” - that gradual increase in demand for their time and resources – cutting the grass for dad, taking mom grocery shopping, then doing the shopping for her, soon followed by preparing meals to be reheated by her later – you get the picture.
The Caregiver’s Handbook includes approximately 80 pages of helpful information, forms and checklists covering topics that families face throughout the caregiving process. In addition, we can brand the Handbook with your logo and insert information about your programs.
An inter-generational support tool.
Caregivers include people of all ages. Whether a 40-something female who is employed, raising children and juggling the demands of family and work, or a 70 year old man taking care of a parent, spouse or sibling, they need help getting organized. And then, there are those who are not yet caregivers but realize it is coming - yet are seldom prepared in advance.
Ways to use the Caregivers Handbook:
- simply make the Handbook available to those you serve
- develop educational sessions around it
- give it those who attend your "caregiving fairs" or related events
- give a copy to local employers, faith organizations and others, along with your own marketing materials
- give a copy to Board members and volunteer leaders as a gift of appreciation
- give a copy as a gift to those who support you financially
We'd be delighted to discuss your needs and make suggestions. Just give us a call.
We'll even customize the Handbook and brand it as coming from you.
- We'll put your logo on the cover.
- You get a “courtesy page” to describe your organizations and its programs.
- Every content page has a header that reminds recipients that their Handbook is compliments of you.
Print them yourself or have us do it.
If you want to print and bind your Handbooks in-house, we can license you to do that. Or, we can provide that service for you. We can print and bind them in a number of ways to fit your budget, your specific audiences and your budget. They can be spiral bound, put into three-ring binders (especially helpful to caregivers), inserted into leather binders or custom bound to your specifications.
Thank you for what you do for your community. We hope our resources will help you.
Then, give us a call to answer questions
or to discuss pricing for larger orders.