Providing care for a loved one is a full-time job, and all caregivers need a little break every now and then. Local agencies work to support Charlotte families that care for an older adult by providing respite care, referral services, educational resources and more.
When your caregiving responsibilities start to leave you feeling burned out, it might be time to take a break. Agencies throughout Charlotte offer respite assistance for caregivers both at home and in residential facilities.
Concierge services can save you a trip into town when you’re caring for a loved one. In just a few hours, you can have local goods delivered straight to your doorstep.
Favor delivers to families in the Charlotte area, offering selections from popular restaurants and shops for a low $5 delivery fee plus tip. Some agencies, such as Comprehensive Home Care, offer senior home health options along with a full range of concierge services to help out local caregivers.
Adult day programs provide relief for caregivers during the workday while offering nutritious meals, personal care services, and social activities for their loved ones. There are over half a dozen certified adult day health centers in and around the Charlotte area that cost a median of $55 per day.
Homemakers and home health aides lend a hand around the house with errands, chores, custodial care, and more. Hiring in-home assistance can help to relieve the daily stress that many full-time family caregivers face. Homemaker services cost a daily median of $111 for Charlotte residents, while a home health aide costs $119 per day.
Residential respite care options such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities offer round-the clock care for seniors with complex medical needs. A room in a Charlotte assisted living facility costs a daily median of $125, while private quarters in a nursing home cost $248 per day.
Project CARE (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) is a state-funded support system for North Carolina families who look after a dementia patient. The program offers access to training workshops, social support services, entitlement programs and more. Dementia caregivers can also learn new skills through seminars, online workshops and peer support groups hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter.
St. Matthew Catholic Church hosts a variety of specialty support groups for Charlotte families, including the local Caring for Caregivers network. This group meets on the second and third Wednesday of each month and offers an open environment in which families can share their feelings and frustrations. The Charlotte branch of Jewish Family Services also offers informal caregiver support groups each month. Whether you are an experienced caregiver seeking companionship or a novice who seeks guidance, you can find the support you need from your peers and neighbors.
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities offer a safe and secure alternative to in-home care for seniors who rely on family members for daily assistance. You can contact the Centralina Area Agency on Aging for a local referral, or call the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services for expert placement assistance. You may also want to talk to friends and family members or check online reviews at SeniorAdvisor.com when considering care options within your neighborhood.
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