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San Diego Deputy DA, Paul Greenwood, Speaks Out on Elder Abuse

On 08, Feb 2017 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Technology is an amazing tool to help people of all ages maximize their lifestyle. Facetime, Skype, and other tools can keep families connected from anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, with technology comes the risk of elder abuse, which is a growing concern across the nation.

You shouldn’t be afraid to use today’s technology and the internet, but you do need to be careful.  We all seem to know at least one person that has been the target of an online scam.  Don’t let yourself be one of the victims!

Here is some eye opening information from Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney from San Diego, that can help you to protect yourself and your family:

Isolation is a Risk Factor

When aging adults have children involved, the risk of being scammed goes down. If children abandon their responsibilities and leave their parents isolated, then it increases the likelihood that predators will target that individual.

For example, one common scam is for the predator to pretend to be a family member in trouble. The predator might call the victim and claim that their grandson is in jail, requesting the victim to send money to help. If an aging adult is isolated from their family, then they have a higher risk of falling for the scam. Other common scams include people who claim to be calling from the IRS or a fake jury duty request.

Educating Against Common Scams

Even though government agencies are working hard to stop the scammers, individuals need to take a proactive approach to staying educated about current scams. By learning about the signs of a scam, you can watch and listen for warnings.

Most scams are initiated over the telephone, so you should always be cautious if someone that you don’t know is calling to request information or money. Another common sign is that something is going to happen to yourself or a family member if you don’t take action right away. Seniors often fall for these conversations because the person on the other end of the line claims to be someone in a position of authority.

Here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we know that choosing the right living situation can minimize the risk of your family members. If you have family nearby, then there is always support available to help you learn to identify these common scams.

Is it time for you to move closer to the family? Let us help with your real estate needs! We offer specialized services for retired individuals, and we are here to help: (844) 782-9674

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Helping Employees Find a Balance between Work, Caregiving, and Holiday Celebrations

On 01, Dec 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

The holiday season is a fun time of year to spend with family and friends, and employees often feel the pull of things at home that can distract from work responsibilities. In today’s economic environment and social scenarios, there is  no down time.  Whether it is life and business planning for 2017, running around for holiday shopping,  tying up all the loose ends prior to year end,  or trying to understand all the paperwork forms and deadlines in front of you,  it is essential that you are careful to respect the work-life balance of you and your employees.

Burnout is High at the End of the Year

Even though it is a time to celebrate, many people feel the burnout of extra social activities, financial stress, and longer work hours. When individuals are spread too thin between work and home, they might hit a burnout point during this busy season. If you have any employees that are caregivers, then the risk of burnout is even higher because they are spending their free time caring for a family member in need.

It is important to meet your business goals, but you also need to think about the individual employees. Instead of demanding certain hours or shifts, consider the advantage of talking with your team to find out what works best for their schedule. This conversation will help you identify a win-win situation for everyone on the team while meeting the business goals at the same time.

An open conversation makes it easier for employees to take personal responsibility for their part in meeting company goals. Also, this conversation might uncover complimentary preferences of different team members. For example, one employee might need a little more flexibility during the morning because of caregiving responsibilities, while another employee needs free time in the afternoon to be with their kids after school. When the conversation uncovers this information, then the work schedule can be adjusted to match the needs of each individual.

Home for the Holidays

At Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, our goal is to assist caregivers and the individuals receiving the care. Choosing the right living situation can relieve the stress and lighten the burden of the caregiver. Contact us to learn more about housing options that are available for people in this situation: (844) 782-9674

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What to Expect when Hiring an Employee Who is a Caregiver

On 03, Nov 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

Are you a Business Owner or Human Resource professional getting ready to hire a new employee? If you are considering an individual who is a caregiver, then there are several things that you should consider to help with the transition.

Handling the Responsibility of a New Job

A new employee has a lot of responsibility to learn their job duties and fit in with the company culture. Add this responsibility onto the burden they are dealing with at home, and it might be a lot for one person to handle. The problem with being a caregiver and a full-time employee is that there is never any down time.

The proper orientation process can assist the employee with learning their work responsibilities. It is also essential that the employer creates an environment that is understanding of the employee’s situation. If something happens and the employee needs support with their work schedule, then they should feel comfortable talking to their manager.  The employer can also reach out to charitable organizations that can bring respite care and counseling services to your employees.

Balancing Work and Home Life

Most business owners agree that they want employees to focus on work tasks when they are on the clock. But, you can’t eliminate the worries that might come up because of their caregiving responsibilities.

As an employer, you might consider offering accommodations or a flexible schedule that will help the employee achieve the work-life balance that they need. For example, it might be helpful for the person to come into the office a little early so that they can leave early to administer medications to their family member. Each case is a unique situation, which means that open communication needs to be the foundation to create a win-win situation.

Here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we know that it is important to have the right living situation for both the caregiver and the person in need. Our team offers experienced real estate services for mature adults and their families. If you have a need to change the living situation of yourself or a family member, then we encourage you to contact us for more information. We are here to help, and we will gladly answer your questions: (844) 782-9674

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Dear Human Resource Manager – I have Two Jobs – I am a Caregiver Too!

On 10, Oct 2016 | No Comments | In Blog | By Ron Greenwald

It is estimated that 1 in 6 employees in the United States are caregivers for a family member. How productive is an employee when they are in the office worrying about their loved one at home who needs caregiving support? Many caregivers in this situation find themselves caught in the middle of offering care to their family and keeping up with their work responsibilities at the same time.  An emotional roller coaster of guilt and economics.  It is now essential that HR departments maintain good communication with employees who are juggling their home and work responsibilities.

How Can Managers Help?

As a manager or Human Resources specialist, it is important that your role is clearly defined.  By offering the employee support to help find balance between their work schedule and care giving responsibilities at home, the result will be both a more productive employee and a better caregiver.

To start, it is essential to have an empowering and positive conversation with the employee to understand the issues they are facing. This communication is beneficial to create a non-threatening environment where employees are comfortable talking with management about their concerns. In many situations, the employer may not aware of the situation which causes a high level of stress on part of the employee.

Offering Support Services

Begin to implement programs to support the needs of the employees. Small adjustments to work schedules or flex time can make a big difference to provide the person with the support needed to care for their family member at home.  Support the employee by providing respite opportunity through the various non-profit organizations in your community.  Provide opportunities through educational workshops and one-on-one meetings with licensed social workers who can guide and assist both employer and employee through a very difficult time that has no end period.

Keep in mind that caregiving is becoming the new normal. If you aren’t already working with a caregiving employee, then it is inevitable that it will happen soon. By demonstrating flexibility in the workplace, and providing educational, respite, and counseling opportunity, you can improve employee satisfaction and increase retention.

Here at Greenwald &Gerke Realtors, we want to support mature adults and their families. We know that it is essential to have the right living environment during retirement, and we can offer the real estate support that is needed. Contact our team of experienced real estate professionals to learn more about the services that are offered: (844) 782-9674

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