November is National Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the efforts of the more than 65 million parents, children, spouses and others who provide care for a family member in this country. The Red Cross offers caregivers the Family Caregiving guide to help them learn how to improve safety in the home, encourage healthy eating and prepare for legal and financial issues.
Nearly everyone may suddenly find themselves caring for someone who is disabled, chronically ill or getting up in age. It’s important to make sure loved ones have a personal support network of people who will check in on them in an emergency, especially if they live at a distance. The Red Cross Disaster Preparedness guide can help prepare for emergencies.
The Red Cross is seeking to reach more seniors and their caregivers with the expansion of the Lifeline by the American Red Cross Program, a monitoring service designed to provide seniors with help at the push of a button.
On average, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls each year, making such accidents the most common cause of death or injury in the home and creating real concern for seniors and their loved ones.
Philips Lifeline is a medical alert service designed to reduce the risk of living alone. Red Cross Lifeline Solutions Specialists will be educating health care providers on how the Lifeline service works. For a little more than a dollar a day, seniors throughout the community can purchase the Lifeline Service through the Red Cross.Get the Guide! Download the first two chapters for free.
For more information about Lifeline by the American Red Cross, visit redcross.org/lifelinebytheredcross or call 1-800-959-6989.