Phillips and Blow - March 2020

the Phillips and Blow Monthly Bulletin

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03 .2020

To All the Caregivers outThere

Thank You for All You Do

While there are plenty of professional caregivers in the United States, according to data from the Pew Research Center, 40.4 million unpaid caregivers were working in the U.S. in 2015. Since then, that number has no doubt grown. At the same time, the costs of quality professional care remains out of many people’s price range. So, when a parent or elderly relative is suddenly in need of care, the family takes on the responsibility of caring for them. Caregiving is often a thankless job, but in honor of Caregiver Appreciation Day on March 3, we at Phillips & Blow want you to know you don’t have to do it alone. Professional caregivers tend to have a standard 40-hour workweek, and they get paid for their work. Family caregivers, on the other hand, take care of their loved ones for free while also working on their career and raising kids. Having a job and a family already leaves many people worn out at the end of the day. So, when you start taking care of an elderly loved one who might have various mental or physical disabilities, many caregivers grow ripe for burnout. We’ve seen too many people add caregiving to the already delicate balance of their life and burn out, and we wouldn’t want it to happen to you if you just became a caregiver. Luckily, a few options are available for caregiving besides taking all the responsibility for yourself. If it’s in the budget, some families will hire a professional caregiver to care for their elderly loved ones. If you’ve had a relative who suddenly needed care but lived in a different city hundreds of miles away, you might have

done this. Depending on your circumstances, you might even do this if your relative lives in the same city as you. In these cases, instead of becoming a caregiver, you become a care manager. You oversee your elderly loved one’s care routine, but a professional administers the actual care. Many families do this while staying close to the family member whose care they’re managing.

– John Phillips and Justin Blow We also want to let you know that whatever your caregiving situation, your estate planning attorney can help you figure out where to turn for help and get assistance with mapping out your caregiving plan. If you’re struggling to figure out your next steps as a caregiver, don’t worry. Give Phillips & Blow a call at (303) 741- 2400, or stop by our office! That being said, not everyone has the option of hiring a professional caregiver, or they choose to take care of their aging parent or relative by themselves. To all the family caregivers reading this, first of all, we just want to say thank you. You’ve taken on a tremendous and noble responsibility, and we at Phillips & Blow want to recognize your sacrifice.

“CAREGIVING IS OFTEN A THANKLESS JOB, BUT IN HONOR OF CAREGIVER APPRECIATION DAY ON MARCH 3, WE AT PHILLIPS & BLOW WANT YOU TO KNOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALONE.”

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