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People Caring for Aging Parents Can Win $2,000 of Free Housecleaning
Date:11/13/2008 Hosts Contest in Honor of National Family Caregiver Month

NAPLES, Fla., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, wants to make a deserving caregiver's life a little easier. is holding a contest. The prize? $2,000 of free housecleaning.

To enter the contest, family caregivers are asked to describe a memorable caregiving experience: a sweet moment they've shared with their loved one, some upbeat wisdom that might help others, or a funny story that takes the edge off. The winner will receive a $2,000 gift card, provided by Merry Maids, and have their story published on

"Caregivers are often too busy keeping up with their job, kids and caregiving duties to take proper care of themselves. Often, their own doctor's appointments, exercise regimens and general health concerns fall by the wayside. As a result, statistics show that 30% of caregivers die before the people they're caring for," says Publisher Joe Buckheit.

The winning caregiver will, perhaps for the first time in their life, feel the relief of walking into their home after it's been cleaned by someone other than themselves.

To register and submit their story, caregivers can visit this website link for instructions: of-Free-Housecleaning.htm (Due to length of URL, please cut and paste into browser.)

Caregivers must submit their stories by November 30, 2008. will announce the winner in December.

About is a website and online forum for people caring for their aging parents. lets those caring for aging parents communicate with each other, get answers from elder care experts and access news, information and products related to caregiving. For more information, visit or call 239-594-3202.

About Merry Maids

Merry Maids is the largest home cleaning franchise network in the world, and cleans more than 300,000 homes, apartments and condos in North America every month. Merry Maids is a part of the ServiceMaster(R) Family of Brands, which serves more than 10.5 million customers through market-leading commercial and residential service brands including Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, AmeriSpec, Furniture Medic and ServiceMaster Clean. For more information on residential cleaning, visit the Merry Maids Web site at or call 1-800-MERRYMAIDS.

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