Giving full-time care to a loved one is a rewarding job, but it’s not an easy one. Fortunately, caregivers in the Albuquerque area have access to a variety of community-based, public, and private resources that can assist with giving your loved one care both outside and within your home.
Caregiving requires a constant output of physical, mental, and emotional energy, and can take a toll over time. It’s important to schedule regular, short breaks where you take time for yourself in order to avoid getting burned out. In Albuquerque, there are several different providers who have services available that can help to create free time and make it possible to better manage daily care needs. Here are a few common options ranging from the least costly to the most with details on the average cost in the area.
Concierge services assist caregivers by helping out in a variety of areas. They can be hired to run errands, grocery shop, take care of pets, homes, lawns, and more. Check out services like Amazon Prime who offer same-day delivery in your area to save yourself the time of sitting in traffic and going to your local store to shop for household items.
Adult day programs are run by state-licensed staff who provide care, meals, and activities for seniors during a traditional workday. These centers give caregivers a safe place to bring their loved ones while they’re at work or taking advantage of some respite time for themselves. Some centers accept VA or Medicaid appointment, and others offer services for dementia patients. Median daily cost in Albuquerque area: $111.
In-home respite care provides services to seniors who are unable to leave the home, or if you are unable to drive your loved one to a day care center. Homemakers and home health aides can administer personal care, and are available on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis through contractors in your area. Median daily cost: $131.
Residential respite care is provided in a facility and is the perfect solution if you need a longer break from administering care. Many facilities in the area have short-term rooms available and offer a range of care options from assisted living communities to around the clock nursing home care. Median daily cost: $103 for assisted living, $217 for nursing home care.
To quickly access resources in your area, log onto the New Mexico Department of Aging and Long-Term Services website. For a listing of residential respite properties, check out SeniorAdvisor.com. They feature property details and reviews from actual caregivers and residents on their thoughts and experiences with the facilities in your neighborhood.
Finding people who understand the challenges that you face daily being a caregiver can be tricky. It’s important to have a network of other caregivers in your area who can provide you mentorship, support, and suggestions when you need them. There are many different groups to choose from, so be sure to visit a few to find one that delivers the kind of guidance you’re looking for. Below are resources to find the right fit for you in the area:
The Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico chapter has a number of different support groups throughout the area with focuses on caregivers, newly diagnosed, and LGBT. They also offer a 24-hour helpline and online support.
The University of New Mexico psychiatry department hosts an online listing of caregiver support groups throughout the state. These include online, over the phone, and in-person options.
Caregiving is an important job, but for many of us, it’s not our only one. Sometimes life circumstances can change and you may find yourself unable to continue to provide care for your loved one for a short or long period of time. Often, it’s difficult to make the decision to transition care. Luckily, there are resources in your area that can provide counseling and assistance.
The Family Caregiver Alliance has been working with caregivers throughout the nation to assist with providing resources and information on how to find the best possible care for their loved ones.
Locally, the New Mexico Direct Caregivers Coalition offers a caregiver registry with links to trained caregivers in the area who can assist with a care transition.
Be aware of your own physical and mental health as a caregiver, and be sure to ask for help and take breaks when you need them to avoid burnout. Your health and well-being are just as important as the loved one you’re looking after, and by using these community resources you can both have a great quality of life.
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