It is estimated that there are more than 1.6 million caregivers in the metro Atlanta area and at least 266,000 right here in Gwinnett County. There are parents in our community caring for adult children with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, autism, cystic fibrosis, mental illness, and other ongoing medical conditions. Some families are caring for aging parents whose physical or mental capacities are beginning to fail. There are spouses of disabled loved ones, families coping with long-term treatments or debilitating chronic diseases, and a large number of disabled veterans needing support.
As medical treatments advance, care models continue to shift towards outpatient and home care, and as we live longer lives, the number of caregivers in our community continues to grow. That’s why Peachtree Christian Health (PCH) has invested $3.5M over the last 18 months to bring online one of the most comprehensive adult day health centers in our community that is sure to be an answer to prayer for many caregivers.
President Anne Mancini shares, “Caregivers are begging for help, hope, and support. There just aren’t enough services in our community to meet the demand. Our new life enrichment center offers 25,000 square feet of space that allows us to serve an estimated 100 participants. Our call is to support caregivers by providing a place of loving, compassionate care for their loved ones needing assistance or supervision throughout the day so caregivers can continue to work, take care of household tasks, do things they enjoy, or just simply breathe.”
Caregivers want to care for their loved ones personally in their homes, but it often comes with a toll. Keeping your disabled or aging loved ones isolated at home could actually be a detriment to their health.
Research shows that loneliness and isolation:
• Increase the risk of mortality
• Negatively affect both physical and mental health
• Contributes to cognitive decline and risk of dementia
• Makes seniors more vulnerable to elder abuse and neglect
• Are linked to high blood pressure, depression, and long-term illness
• Make loved ones more likely to need long-term care
And when caregivers find themselves totally consumed with caregiving duties and unable to enjoy their own lives, they are at risk too.
When your loved one can no longer structure their own daily activities, is isolated and desires companionship, can’t be safely left alone at home, and/or lives with someone who works outside the home or who is frequently away from home for other reasons, it’s time to start exploring new options. Peachtree Christian Health is ready to help you start the dialogue and find a solution that helps everyone in your family live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.