Ovation: Granny Nannies.
Have you ever had to move a loved one to a nursing home? For some older people, this move is a wonderful opportunity to receive around-the-clock care that they need. Many seniors, however, do not require frequent medical assistance but don’t necessarily need to be left alone. For them we have Granny Nannies.
According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau there are forty million Americans ages 65 or older and nearly ten million are at least 85 years old. Americans are living increasingly longer and many how have long-term care insurance or another means of paying for care in their own homes.
“The senior care industry, just for senior home care, has grown more than 40 percent in the last five years. Everything predicts care is going to continue to move to the home.” – Julie Northcutt, CEO of Caregiverlist.com, which tracks the market.
Seniors, and their family members, who hire Granny Nannies know that there will be someone to take them shopping, to a salon appointment, or even to a movie. By hiring a Granny Nanny they don’t feel like they’re “bothering” a busy family member or being a “burden” of any type.
“I’m a Girl Friday, a rent-a-daughter, or a granny nanny for seniors and their families. A lot of seniors have dignity issues, where they don’t want to be seen with a caregiver. They want to be seen with someone that’s a professional and looks like a member of the family.” – Cydney Kaplan of Independent Living Concierge
Many agencies, which function in a similar manner to temporary staffing firms, are working to increase the number of workers in the field and to make the business more professional.
Being a Granny Nanny isn’t for everyone. The pay isn’t anything to get excited about but those who enjoy the work say that it’s important to actually like the people they serve to be successful. They love the seniors, learning from them, being around them. They love their energy, even when they’re being cantankerous.
My grandmother, in her later years, was able to stay in the home that she loved with the help of a woman named Vida who, though she would never admit it, was more than just a caregiver to my grandmother … she was a friend. And she offered the rest of us peace of mind in knowing that she wasn’t alone.
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