With all that goes into caring for a family member, it is more than one person can handle for even the most dedicated person. It can be tiring just like any other full-time job, but caregiving is more work than any other job.
You will need resources if you want a break, someone to help you, or someone to take over when care is too much for you to provide. There are public programs, support groups, and private agencies in Austin to help caregivers get the assistance they need.
Full-time caregiving demands your dedication, your physical strengths, and your emotions. You need to make sure you do not drain all your energy by taking regular breaks, staying healthy, and taking care of yourself. To be a good caregiver, you need to be the best you can be. Here are some ideas to help you relieve some of your workloads.
Concierge services allow you to have someone do some chores for you like going to the grocery store. Errands take a lot of your time, and services are available to help you save time and ultimately your sanity. These services are a great option if you are nervous about leaving your loved one alone.
Elder Helpers is a group of 10,000 volunteers that are willing to help you run those errands! You can call them for just about anything such as errand running, reading, cleaning, cooking, giving rides, and even entertainment! Elder Options of Texas also has a listing of senior services that includes those concierge type services. Amazon Prime Now also gives you help by delivering products to your door within two days. The cost of membership is $99 a year.
Adult day care (or adult day programs) are state-licensed programs offering senior care during the week by providing a hot lunch, activities, personal care, and exercise classes. Some programs provide adult day care for more dedicated needs such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia care. If your loved one gets VA or Medicaid benefits, check for programs that offer reimbursement. The average daily cost for this service is $60 in Austin.
If your loved one can’t leave home for some reason, you may want to consider in-home respite care. You will not have to take your loved one anywhere. The aide will come to your house. You can work with an agency to hire either a home health aide or homemaker. You can then go to work, run errands, or just take a break. The average cost in Austin is $135 a day.
For the times you are gone or your loved one needs additional help after a hospital stay, residential respite care is a viable option. There are several skilled nursing facilities that offer short-term care, including Querencia Barton Creek and Longhorn Village. The average daily cost is $150 for assisted living and $231 for a private skilled nursing home room.
Need help to begin your respite care search? Take Time Texas, part of Texas Health and Human Services, has a search for respite care of all types in your area. Visit SeniorAdvisor.com and search for Austin home care agencies and residential communities, and you will also see reviews from other families.
It’s always beneficial to talk to someone who is going through the same thing as you. Finding a support group will introduce you to others that are facing the same things as you. These individuals are great mentors and may have some sound advice. Here are a few groups to help you get started:
The Alzheimer’s Association of Texas Capital presents classes and support groups, a 24/7 helpline, online assistance, and fundraising events. They have a community resource finder to help you find services in your area.
AGE of Central Texas offers educational events, resources, information on caregiving, and support groups for the family providing care for a senior or disabled adult. They have free monthly meetings and are not unique to any particular type of care.
CaregiverU is a partnership of 25 Austin-area non-profit and community agencies. These organizations banded together to bring support to caregivers by offering classes at no charge to participants. These classes help with emotional support as well as the physical support of caregiving. These courses are offered multiple times a year in various locations near the Austin area.
Life happens and sometimes a big event, such as a job change or move, can make it impossible for you to provide any level of care. You will most likely need to explore a full-time nursing facility or live-in home care for your loved one.
Changing care is a hard and emotional decision that you won’t take lightly, but you will need to research all your options and get other family members’ opinions. You also have to do what is right for you.
If you need help determining what to do, Accountable Aging Care Management can help you. They are a full-service professional care company that will provide counseling and personalized care services based on your needs. You can also hire a private care manager to assist you with finding the right care. arrangeCARE is a team of licensed care managers who specialize in the elder long-term care and provide the solutions for family caregivers looking for answers.
You can still get burned out on caregiving without any other changes. Burnouts can take a toll on your health, can cause depression, and lower your general health. You need to ask for help even if it means just reaching out to other family members, friends, or neighbors.
Call your loved one’s physician to discuss other care options, and let he or she know you need additional help. Reach out to caregiver support groups for ideas. You need to take care of yourself, too. If you are not taken care of, you won’t be able to provide care for someone else.
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