In the U.S. today there are approximately 65 million people who care for family members at home, whether they’re elderly parents, spouses, or children. Without this care, most of these loved ones would require permanent placement in institutions or long-term healthcare facilities.
Sometimes the role of a caregiver is making weekly visits to a sick parent or running errands. Others may arrange services for relatives living hundreds of miles away. What all caregivers have in common is the dedication, time, and energy they spend caring for and being concerned about someone who needs their help.
We see this first-hand at our offices: The Lingraphica Aphasia User’s Group meets twice per month at our office to practice using their speech-generating devices (SGDs), socialize, give feedback on our new products, and communicate with other people with aphasia. The caregivers of our users are an important part of this group.. They are invaluable in helping their loved ones communicate, while helping us better understand the unique relationship that builds between the caregiver and a loved one. They never fail to come with a smile on their face and a kind word for us. Their commitment and dedication to their loved ones and all that they do for them is an inspiration.
Being a caregiver can be a rewarding experience — but can have its challenges, as well. That’s why Lingraphica tries to ease some of that burden by offering unlimited and free technical support over the lifetime of its speech-generating devices. To ensure that our users get the most out of their devices — the AllTalk and TouchTalk — Lingraphica also offers unlimited training for users, as well as their caregivers and speech-language pathologists.
We at Lingraphica understand the role of the caregiver. That's why for the month of November we are going to honor caregivers nationwide. Check out our Facebook page and continue reading this blog for more information.
So now we would like to hear from you.
Please take a moment and share with us your experience as a caregiver or share your appreciation of a special caregiver.