Phoenix Area Senior Care Agency Offers Free Home for the Holidays Web Conference to Help Local Family Caregivers Recognize Signs of Trouble

Top Quote Home Instead Senior Care of Greater Phoenix offers family caregivers a free web conference prior to holiday visits with older family members and friends that will help them recognize signs of trouble. End Quote
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) October 23, 2011 - The holidays are a good time for family caregivers returning home to their loved ones to tune into the signs that an older family member or friend may need extra help to remain safe at home.

    To learn more about those signs, register for the free Home for the Holidays web conference, moderated by a representative from the Home Instead Senior CareŽ network, hosted by the American Society on Aging (ASA), and co-sponsored by the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC).

    The hour-long web conference will be available in the U.S. and Canada, and offered on two dates and times: Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, or Monday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. To register, go to

    "It's easy for busy family caregivers to overlook the subtle signs that a senior loved one needs assistance," said Bobbi Hunter, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Phoenix. "But during the holidays, when many return to their childhood homes, the difference between your last visit and now can highlight those red flags."

    The web conference will be moderated by Director of Strategic Alliances Mary Alexander of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. Alexander is a family caregiver and a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).

    "Signs of potential trouble can be evident in a senior's home - such as spoiled food in the refrigerator and piles of unpaid bills - or personal indicators such as episodes of confusion or dirty and unkempt clothing," Hunter said.

    The President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), Gail Hunt, said the holidays, when everyone gathers, sometimes bring to light those problems. "If you're a long-distance caregiver, perhaps you haven't seen your loved one in a while. You may notice some real differences since a few months ago. The hometown caregivers might not see the signs because they're so busy and the changes are so subtle."

    Countering senior resistance to assistance can be a challenge, added President and CEO of the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), Suzanne Mintz. "Family caregivers must recognize that their parents are adults and - unless there are cognitive or emotional problems - they can make their own decisions. We do not and should not become our parents' parents. We must remember we will always be their children."

    The web conference will feature information about countering senior resistance to assistance as well as resources that can help family caregivers and senior care professionals. For more information, please contact the Phoenix Home Instead Senior Care office at 602-588-7725.

    Home Instead Senior Care of Greater Phoenix is Arizona's industry leader in providing quality home care delivered by our dedicated team of trained CAREGivers. Since 1997 senior residents of Greater Phoenix have enjoyed the benefits of Aging in Place with safety, dignity and independence. Together our 20 strong Administrative Team and our 300 CAREGivers strive to meet the needs and demands of those we serve today and those we will serve tomorrow. Providing solutions to issues around aging is our vision for 2011 and beyond. "To Us, It's Personal" is our expression of the belief we hold; it's a direct reflection of the care and commitment we give to our clients, their families and the CAREGivers we interact with on a daily basis.

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