Caregivers Can Have Help

| Tuesday, September 13, 2011
By Newam Sirus

Growing numbers of families are becoming the "care giver" in these hard economic times. According to a report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 43.5 million Americans looked after a friend or relative age 50 or older in 2009, 28% more than in 2004.

Jeffrey Bloom, an elder-law attorney in Boston, says the number of such cases in his practice has quadrupled since before the recession. "I have several clients with adult children who are out of work, "he says."Rather than pay someone else for care, many hire the child."

While this might be a quick fix, long-term it places quite a burden on family and friends, and creates another financial burden.

Caregivers, often make financial sacrifices; some have to quit their jobs or reduce their hours at work to take on the care giving responsibilities.

Social Service Coordinators, recognizes these sacrifices and has in place a program called Golden Touch where eligible members can participate in a broad array of valuable money-saving social programs; from energy, nutrition and telephone cost assistance to transportation and property tax programs.

With Social Service Coordinators they have an extensive database of over 8,000 public and privately-sponsored social programs in all 50 states, which means immediate help for you as the caregiver and the one you are taking care of.

When there are free and or low-cost services out there available to you, don't short change your quality of life. Get help meeting your medical costs, do it for yourself and your loved one.

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