Are You Using Your EAP for Help With Your Parents?Posted by in Aging | Caregivers | Home Health Care | Retirement | Uncategorized
Boomers who are still working may have a wonderful resource through their workplace which will assist with Elder Care Services. Check with your HR department about their Life Plan services within your Employee Assistance Program. Boca Home Care Services is an EAP Provider in many National Programs.
As a member of the “Sandwich Generation” you are working a job, caring or your children/teens or young adults and devoting time and energy to the care of, or assitence with your aging parents. No wonder you may feel tired and overwhelmed.
Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) have expanded services beyond substance abuse and child care to include “Elder Care” issues.
They likely provide a lot of instructional material, resources and referral names. As a licensed home care company, Boca Home Care Services works from a “Social Work” model. This means that in addition to staffing or scheduling, we do assessments, care plans, are available for consultations and work with families as their parents needs or situations change.There are three Geriatric Care Managers on staff as well as a Registered Nurse. We have been part of the community in Palm Beach and Broward counties since 1998 and therefore are able to provide a lot of information, guidance and referrals to other Elder Care Professionals.
Boca Home Care Services often is called to perform Psycho-Social-Functional assessments for the parents of employees. These are paid for by the EAP and present you with unbiased concrete information along with professional observations. The assessment includes a short & long term care plan with recommendations and referral contact information.
If you suspect either your aging parent or loved one is starting to have some difficulties caring for themselves or the household then it is well worth your while to have an assessment done.
This is a starting point which defines the situation which may require information, guidance in how to proceed and actual tools are provided to carry out the care plan which will most likely be a work in progress over time.
Contact your HR representative and see what services they offer you for Elder Care concerns. Help may be at your fingertips and is always confidential. After all, your employer is invested in having you physically at your job and concentrating on your work responsibilities rather than managing care for parents who may likely be out of state — in Florida. Absenteeism to deal with parental emergencies costs American businesses millions of dollars a year. They are invested in helping you, care for your elderly parents.
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