Relief for dementia patients’ relatives: Johnson & Johnson supports the work of the SRC
Zug, 21 September 2015 – Within the scope of a three-year partnership, the Johnson & Johnson companies in Switzerland are supporting the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) program designed to ease the burden on the relatives of dementia patients. Up to 2018, the SRC intends to offer an additional 67,500 hours of relief for dementia patients’ relatives throughout Switzerland.
In Switzerland, roughly 300,000 people are currently caring for / attending to the needs of an elderly, sick / chronically ill or handicapped person at home. A person who attends to and cares for relatives at home is doing a job that is both valuable and exhausting. Elderly, sick or handicapped persons can often only continue to live at home thanks to the support of their families.
Relatives providing care have to cope with great challenges, particularly if they are attending to people suffering from dementia. A dementia patient loses his or her cognitive abilities and self-sufficiency to an increasingly greater extent. That imposes a burden on the relatives providing home care. They come up against the limits of their own capacity and run the risk of becoming ill themselves as a result of their exhaustion, as home care is actually often carried out alongside family duties and professional work. To keep a balance between stress and recuperation, the care-providing relatives ought to regularly and quite intentionally also include free time for themselves in their work schedules - secure in the knowledge that the person being cared for will be well looked after during their own absence.
Due to demographic trends, the number of people cared for at home, and especially the number suffering from dementia, is set to register a considerable further increase in the future. This will confront our society with great challenges.
That is why the Johnson & Johnson companies in Switzerland are supporting the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) in its efforts to extend its offer of relief to relatives who attend to and care for specifically named dementia patients. This offer involves a qualified, SRC-employed carer assuming responsibility for home care and helping with household tasks for a few hours in each case. For reasons of sustainability, the service is generally a regular one of a rather long-term nature, lasting in each case for a minimum period of half a day (4 hours), while being simultaneously limited in terms of time to one to two assignments per week. Evening assignments from 7.00 to 11.00pm are also possible. Furthermore, the service can also be called in at short notice and can last from 2 to 3 days if crises are involved.
Up to 2018, the SRC intends to offer an additional 67,500 hours of relief for dementia patients’ relatives. The Johnson & Johnson companies in Switzerland will be supporting the SRC project with a total of 300,000 Swiss francs in the coming three years. This will enable the full costs of more than 5,400 additional relief hours (= 454 half-days) to be covered.
Further information is also to be found at www.pflege-entlastung.ch
The Swiss Red Cross – Switzerland’s oldest and biggest humanitarian organization
The Berne-based SRC was founded in 1866. It is our country’s Red Cross organization - recognized by a Swiss Federal Council resolution. With up to 500,000 members, more than 70,000 volunteers and 3,800 employees, the SRC is Switzerland’s biggest humanitarian organization. Within Switzerland, it is active in its core areas of health, integration and rescue work. It is engaged in disaster relief, reconstruction work and joint development efforts in roughly 30 countries. The SRC comprises the national headquarters in Berne, 24 cantonal associations, five rescue organizations (Samaritans’ Association, the Life Saving Society, the Swiss Air Rescue Service, REGA, the Military Paramedical Association, REDOG - the Swiss Rescue Dog Organization) and 2 institutions (the SRC Humanitarian Foundation, the SRC blood donation organization).
Johnson & Johnson – one of the major US employers in Switzerland
Johnson & Johnson is the world’s biggest health enterprise, employing roughly 126,500 people in 60 countries and 275 companies. The Johnson & Johnson headquarters are located in New Brunswick in the US federal state of New Jersey. With a widely-diversified range of products from the consumer, medical devices and pharmaceuticals segments, Johnson & Johnson accompanies people throughout their lives, pursuing a holistic medical care goal: from prevention to diagnostics and therapy.
Johnson & Johnson has been present in Switzerland since 1959, when the company integrated the Schaffhausen-based Cilag AG. Today, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Switzerland comprises about 6,500 employees, which makes it the second-largest US employer in the country. The company is represented at more than a dozen locations in the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, and in Ticino.
A commitment to the common good and support for social initiatives are both an integral part of Johnson & Johnson’s corporate identity. The Johnson & Johnson companies in Switzerland sponsor selected organizations with financial assistance, by donating products, and also via the personal commitment of their employees, for example during Johnson & Johnson Community Week.
Last March, among other things Johnson & Johnson announced its participation, with 10 million US dollars, in a global foundation tasked with doing research into dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (”Global Dementia Discovery Fund”) . The foundation is spearheaded by the British Health Protection Agency and it brings together industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations with the aim of opening up financial sources to provide support for innovative, mission-oriented scientific research.
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