Homewatch CareGivers Wins 2013 Case In Point Platinum Awards for Best Long Term Care Program
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., May 9, 2013 — Homewatch CareGivers, an international franchisor of home care services, won a 2013 Case in Point Platinum Award in the Best Long Term Care category for its Male Family Caregiver Program.
The Case in Point Platinum Awards recognize the most successful and innovative case management programs that improve public access to quality care, promote wellness, and advance care coordination across the health care continuum.
“Winning the Case in Point Platinum Award is an important step in raising awareness for male family caregivers among health care providers, policymakers and the general public,” Homewatch CareGivers International President Leann Reynolds said. “We maintain a commitment to the education and support of husbands, sons and grandsons to assist them in providing the best possible care for their loved ones.”
Up to 45 percent of family caregivers are men, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Despite the rising number of male caregivers, many organizations in the care community do not serve their unique needs.
In response to this growing audience, Homewatch CareGivers created its Male Family Caregiver Program. The goal is to break down stereotypical perceptions of caregiving and help them manage the social isolation many men feel while serving in the role of a family caregiver. This educational initiative offers male caregivers resources and tools to help them succeed in delivering vital care to their aging parents, ailing spouses, or other family members who need assistance with activities of daily living.
The program includes the Male Caregiver Community, an online forum that gives men a place to engage with others to discuss challenges they endure while providing care. It also allows them to access practical information and benefit from advice they receive from peers and experts in a comfortable environment. The forum is free of charge and participants can benefit from it at any time.