SUGAR LAND, Texas, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 30 percent of the adult population in America (65.7 million) is responsible for providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged, according to recent studies by The National Alliance for Caregiving. The need for suitable caregivers, as well as caregiver support, is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years, as the proportion of elderly individuals in need continue trending upward. CrissCross, a national organizational representative payee service provider, as well as other nonprofit organizations providing caregiver support, has begun expanding programs and services to meet the growing and unique needs of caregivers and their loved ones.
In addition to spending upward of 41 hours per week shouldering the responsibility of the day-to-day tasks of care recipients, more than 80 percent of caregivers also serve as representative payees, which is the person accepting the responsibility of managing monthly benefit income and financial management tasks. For many, the role of financial manager is one of the most stressful and burdensome care responsibilities. In fact, according to The National Care Planning Council, more than 80 percent of caregivers admit to jeopardizing their own retirement due to using savings to fund services for a loved one.
"At CrissCross, we understand that the work assigned to caregivers can be extremely stressful, and in many cases, taxing on the overall relationship," said Amie Darway, executive director for CrissCross. "That's why we are passionate about partnering with families to provide valuable help to caregivers, so they can focus on their most important priority — providing love and emotional support to their loved ones at a time in which they need it the most."
The compassionate and knowledgeable caseworkers at CrissCross, partner with families to provide the following resources:
- An experienced advisor available to help with gaining a complete understanding of programs and services provided by the Social Security Administration, Veterans Association, pension boards, and other benefit providers.
- Ongoing one-on-one assistance with budgeting and financial goal setting.
- Assistance in gaining other nonprofit program benefits to assist with food, subsidized housing, medical and prescription drug services, and more.
- A qualified liaison trained to help obtain more manageable payments for credit cards and other financial obligations.
- Assistance working directly with retailers and specialty vendors to help with major discretionary purchases.
Families challenged with caregiver responsibilities shouldn't feel alone. Help is available. For assistance navigating the many available resources for caregivers and struggling beneficiaries, families are encouraged to contact a CrissCross specialist at 866-380-9708 or visit CrissCross.org.
CrissCross, a division of Money Management International, is a nonprofit organizational representative payee, providing safe and secure payee services to beneficiaries receiving monthly benefits provided by the Social Security Administrations, Veterans Association, partnering pension providers and other organizations providing financial benefits qualified for representative payee management. CrissCross' trained and knowledgeable caseworkers have been providing financial education and assistance to families seeking help meeting monthly financial obligations and securing social services assistance offering help with food, clothing, and other human services since 1974. Intake specialists at CrissCross are available by phone, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and in-person in select communities across the country. To learn more, call 866.380.9708 or visit CrissCross.org.