Helping the helpers: a personalised approach
There are an estimated 900,000 carers in Belgium, between 8 and 11 million in France and 3 to 5 million in Germany; while in Italy, 22.4% of women under 65 and 2.9% of working men leave their job to care for a family member. Although they play a key role in caring for sick and elderly family members, providing emotional and psychological support and vital material assistance, the helpers, too, need help. In the Handicap Health survey conducted by INSEE in France in 2008, 83% of carers said they felt burdened and alone, and 75% felt anxious, stressed or overworked.
Because we understand the crucial nature of this matter, we care deeply about finding solutions for carers. We do this by arranging short stays at a nursing home, providing day care, memory consultations or referrals to specialist practitioners.
Above all though, we make it a priority to include families in the day-to-day lives of our patients and residents and facilitate and encourage occasions that help to preserve and strengthen family bonds.
How? By offering help and solutions tailored to each situation
Solutions for carers: a friendly ear and a helping hand
At Korian, our psychologists and teams are always happy to chat with family carers, explain things and teach them about caregiving skills.
We regularly hold Carer’s cafés or Alzheimer cafés at our facilities to answer families’ questions and concerns.
By giving carers the opportunity to arrange for their relatives to spend a short stay at our facilities, Korian provides much-needed respite solutions to save carers from exhaustion and allow them to recharge their batteries.
Our facilities also cater for couples so they can continue to live together in a long-term care nursing home or while staying at a post-acute and rehabilitation care clinic.
For those who need to stay at our facilities a little bit longer, continuous communication with their carers is particularly useful and helps residents to settle in more easily.