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Sixty percent of adults with developmental and intellectual differences live with a family member

April 12, 2019

Nearly 2.9 million American adults with Developmental & Intellectual Differences (any condition that is due to physical, learning, language or behavioral issues) live with and are cared for by family members. As the family Caregivers age (25% are already age 60 or older, with another 35% in the 41-59 age range), who is going to help take care of these families?

At the same time, one out of every six children is diagnosed with a Developmental & Intellectual Difference such as ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, hearing loss, vision impairment or a learning disorder. Usually, the parents of these children are working full-time while also caring for the special needs of their children. When you merge the needs of these families with adults who have a developmental or intellectual difference, along with older adult Caregivers, you begin to see a big problem looming on the horizon for these families.

Fortunately, help is available.

Owned by Teresa Nelson, Home Helpers employs Exceptional Caregivers who have been trained to provide assistance to families who are dealing with these care issues. While family Caregivers provide the majority of assistance to those afflicted with Developmental & Intellectual Differences, who is looking out for the well-being of those providing the care?

“We understand the effort it takes to conscientiously provide support for people with Developmental & Intellectual Differences,” said Home Helpers owner Teresa. “Even the most patient, loving and compassionate person needs a break sometimes. That’s why we believe it’s important to, if you will, provide ‘care for the Caregiver.’ In other words, our Caregivers can give the family Caregiver a break. Everyone deserves to be able to go out and see a movie, go to a restaurant and have a nice meal, get a massage or just take time for themselves.”

Respite care for the family Caregiver allows that individual to refresh, recharge and be ready to reengage with their loved one who needs assistance. It’s better for both the person providing care as well as the person receiving their help. Knowing their loved one is being cared for by a qualified professional provides additional peace of mind.

Teresa Nelson, MBA, CSA, CDP is the owner of Home Helpers Home Health and Senior Care, serving Eastern Idaho and Northern Utah.