July 10, 2012 // Franchising.com // A recent wave of missing seniors has families across the nation on alert for elderly loved ones who are more mobile and active in warm weather and get separated, disoriented or in the worst case, lost and can’t find their way home. This is especially worrisome in the summer heat when seniors can become quickly dehydrated. The warm and bright summer days can be alluring and dangerous for the elderly and that's why Senior Helpers, one of our nation's largest in-home care companies for seniors, has launched the "Senior Lost and Found Action Plan." It’s a powerful checklist for families to follow if their elderly loved one gets separated or lost.
"Every day we care for thousands of elderly people and as the weather heats up we see a huge rise in the number of seniors getting separated, disoriented or even downright lost," says Peter Ross, CEO and co-founder of Senior Helpers, an in-home senior care company with highly trained caregivers specializing in dementia and Alzheimer's care. "That's why we started the "Senior Lost and Found Action Plan" - to make sure seniors have a way to get out of a jam and to give families piece of mind. If families don't live nearby, we suggest they hire a caregiver to implement this action plan to help watch over their elderly loved one."
“A "Senior Lost and Found Action Plan" is especially critical for families with elderly loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's. That's why caregivers trained in Alzheimer's care can help families keep seniors active and engaged so they don't wander in the first place,” says Ross. “This action plan is one part of our dementia and Alzheimer's program called Senior Gems. Families shouldn't have to worry about their senior every time they leave them. Our Gems caregivers help families cope with every stage of dementia and are a trained partner in the war against this deadly disease. This information is especially valuable this summer when hydration can also play a serious factor when seniors wander away in hot weather.”
To learn more about how to care for your senior loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s through the Senior Helpers’ Senior Gems Program, please visit our website at www.seniorhelpers.com. There, you can also request a complimentary Senior Gems DVD.
Sources: Alzheimer’s Association, “Silver Alert Initiatives in the States,” Senior Parents Place, Mayo Clinic, Nana Technology
Senior Gems is a revolutionary program to help family members and professional caregivers properly care for their aging loved ones through each stage of dementia. Teepa Snow began developing her Gem Levels in 2006. In 2011, the Senior Gem program was created with her guidance and assistance. This program puts Senior Helpers at the forefront of individual and in-home dementia-specialized caregiving as they offer all of their in-home companions and caregivers the opportunity to become dementia care certified through the training program.
Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has nearly 300 franchises in 40 states and one Canadian province offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. For more information, please visit: http://www.seniorhelpers.com/.