CARING IN DuPage
HOW BRIGHTSTAR APPRECIATES FAMILY CAREGIVERS AND PROVIDE THE REST THAT THEY NEED The Harvest Is Plenty, But The Workers Are Few
I don’t know if there’s enough space on the front of this newsletter to fully explore all the good that family caregivers do, the challenges they face, or the sacrifices they make. That’s probably why the entire month of November is National Family Caregiver Appreciation Month . A family caregiver is often someone who finds themselves taking care of an elderly loved one with disabilities as well as their own children. Taking care of two generations at once is no easy task, and we at BrightStar Care of Central DuPage want to celebrate their willingness to take on that challenge. We also want them to know that when caregiving takes its toll on the family caregiver, BrightStar can be there to help. Family caregiving is becoming more common in the U.S. While family members caring for their aging parents or relatives may be normal for some, in many places in the U.S. it can be countercultural. Americans are taught from a young age to be independent, productive members of society beholden to no one. But family caregivers have sacrificed that part of the American Dream to make sure their family is comfortable and taken care of. It’s not an easy job by any stretch. Many times, family caregivers live with the loved they are taking care of, sacrificing their own privacy and their own time. They sign themselves up to take care of their family 24/7. At BrightStar, part of the responsibility of our caregivers is to take care of clients who might not have any family, or who have family too far away to
care for them on a regular basis. However, another part of what we do is offer
respite to family caregivers. We understand the stress that can come with caring for family members, and we want the community to know that if they ever need someone to step in and be a caregiver for a weekend, a day, or even an hour, BrightStar can do that. No one can take on
the gargantuan challenge of caring for someone, still have their own lives, and never need a break. The in-home care professionals at BrightStar can help with providing respite services.
“MANY TIMES, FAMILY CAREGIVERS LIVE WITH THE FAMILY THEY ARE TAKING CARE OF, SACRIFICING THEIR OWN SPACE AND THEIR OWN TIME. THEY SIGN THEMSELVES UP TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILY 24/7.”
Everyone reading this knows who these families are, the ones who need a break from the long hours of caregiving they put in every day. If you interact with any of these families, please consider BrightStar care as a higher level of caregiving to which you can refer patients and clients. Give us a call at (630) 260-5300. We’re available 24/7 just like you and all the family caregivers at home.
—Leonard Sanchez Director of Business Development
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