OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Right at Home, a brand that provides in-home caregiving services in more than 500 locations across the United States and in seven other countries, is elevating the caregiving profession and giving it the respect it deserves, by launching its inaugural Professional Caregivers Week and announcing plans by its franchisees to recruit 30,000 caregivers in 2019.
Right at Home is continuously looking for ways to elevate the experience, lifestyle and recognition of the thousands of caregivers who care passionately for their clients. To help showcase their appreciation, the brand is celebrating Professional Caregivers Week to raise awareness of the profession.
Professional Caregivers Week will run from November 12 – 18, and it will take place every second full week in November moving forward. Professional Caregivers Week will be celebrated on a national level and at individual Right at Home offices. Right at Home franchisees will commemorate the first year by honoring caregivers with T-shirts, promotional items, balloons, gift bags, thank-you cards and posters that state, "We heart our caregivers." Many Right at Home franchisees plan to host an appreciation event for their caregivers.
"We know that there are more than 500,000 family caregivers making a difference across the world, and in the U.S., National Family Caregivers Month has been established to recognize their efforts every November," said Mike Flair, Vice President of Franchise Business Solutions at Right at Home. "However, we decided to start our own recognition week across our system of 25,000 dedicated caregivers to show our appreciation for all that they do for their clients, and to elevate caregiving as a profession. We are looking forward to partnering with other companies across the industry in the coming years to give all professional caregivers the acknowledgment they deserve for their truly selfless actions."
The caregiving profession is more important and in-demand than ever in the United States. Caregivers make a huge impact on the people they care for, as well as on their local communities, which is why Right at Home is so focused on hiring quality caregivers.
The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) recognizes a distinction among professional caregivers, emphasizing that they are employed, trained, qualified and screened. The HCAOA is on board to partner with Right at Home for the 2019 Professional Caregivers Week.
"We honor the selfless, fulfilling, and often times life-changing work that thousands of professional caregivers commit themselves to every day in every community across the country," said Phil Bongiorno, Executive Director at HCAOA. "We are glad to join in celebrating Professional Caregivers Week to recognize these caregivers for the work they do to improve the lives of seniors and bring peace of mind to their families."
Data from the HCAOA indicates that by 2050, there will be 84 million Americans over the age of 65 and 19 million Americans over the age of 85. Today, 40 percent of adults aged 65+ need daily assistance, and 70 percent of adults aged 65+ will need assistance at some point. HCAOA data also shows that nine out of 10 seniors want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, but there are many gaps in the care continuum that keep emerging.
Right at Home believes in individual recognition, which is why the company holds an annual campaign to identify and acknowledge outstanding caregivers with its Regional and National Caregiver of the Year awards. Last year, the National Caregiver of the Year was awarded to Debra Blank of Frederick, Maryland, whose 12-year career as a professional caregiver includes saving the life of a man stricken with Parkinson's disease who had an unexpected episode where he lost all strength in his limbs and slumped over, barely breathing. Deb's swift action to reposition him and contact emergency response took place during an unscheduled visit because of her intuition.
This appreciation week is simply a new way that Right at Home has chosen to focus on elevating the caregiving profession. The company's franchisees are always searching for caregivers who want to make a difference in their communities as the Right People who want to provide the Right Care in the Right Way for the Right Reason.
ABOUT RIGHT AT HOME:
Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance to seniors and adults with a disability who want to continue to live independently. Local Right at Home offices are independently owned and operated and directly employ and supervise all caregiving staff, each of whom is thoroughly screened, trained, and bonded/insured prior to entering a client's home. Right at Home's global office is based in Omaha, Nebraska, with more than 500 franchise locations in the U.S. and seven other countries. Right at Home is the highest-ranked senior care franchise opportunity on Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list, coming in at No. 49 overall. For more information on Right at Home, visit About Right at Home at https://www.rightathome.net/about-us or read the Right at Home franchising blog at https://rightathomefranchise.com/blog/. To learn more about franchising opportunities, please visit https://rightathomefranchise.com/.
ABOUT THE HOME CARE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Founded in 2002, the industry's leading trade association currently represents over 2,500 companies that employ more than 500,000 caregivers across the United States. HCAOA serves as the home care industry's unified voice in Washington, D.C. and state governments across the country. Representing a diverse number of small, mid-level and large corporations, HCAOA unites the industry, speaking with one voice in state capitals and Washington, D.C. HCAOA protects industry interests, promotes the industry's value, tackles barriers to growth and takes on industry-wide issues. From standing up to dangerous misinterpretations of long-standing laws or ensuring that caregivers and clients are protected from abuse, HCAOA is a champion and advocate for its members, for caregivers and for seniors across America. For more information on the HCAOA, visit http://www.hcaoa.org/. For more information on caregiving in the U.S. and the benefits it provides visit http://www.hcaoa.org/assets/1/27/Infographic_(SECURED).pdf.
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