If you are one of the 1.3 million Ohioans that provide care for an aging family member, you are certainly not alone. The responsibility of caregiving is hard work and can easily become a full-time job. As you continue, you may find yourself feeling stressed, fatigued, and overwhelmed.
Cleveland offers many options to help you care for your loved one, including respite care, support groups, and senior programs. Taking advantage of resources and support opportunities can make you a better caregiver.
Everyone needs time off to rest and recuperate, especially if you are meeting the needs of an aging loved one. The demands can be overwhelming and you may find yourself skipping personal appointments, hobbies, and exercise to provide care. In Cleveland, you can find short-term services that give you the time off you need, whether you need to get to your full-time job or just need some downtime.
One of the easiest solutions to taking time off is in-home respite care. An insured, bonded, and trained home health aide can come to your home to care for your loved one while you are away. These aides are trained to assist with activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, toiletry, meal preparation, eating, and light chores. Some respite services also offer complimentary transportation to appointments or grocery shopping. The median daily rate for eight hours of service in Cleveland is $160, according to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Ohio.
Respite care is also available for residential care. If you are planning on taking a vacation or need a few days to yourself, residential respite care in an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility can give you the break you need while providing care. These communities, like The Woodlands of Shaker Heights and Sunrise at Parma, combine a safe environment with social engagement and activities. Intensive around-the-clock care is available so you can leave your loved one in good hands. The median daily rate for residential respite care is $141 for a one bedroom in an assisted living facility and $252 for a private room in a skilled nursing facility.
If you are looking for an inexpensive solution, an adult day program may be more in line with your budget. The median daily rate is $56 in Cleveland. These centers provide daily care while you are at work or taking the day to rest. Seniors that use an adult day program on a regular basis are able to remain at home longer. The centers can provide activities, meals, bathing, manicures, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, depending on the program. Centers, like the ElderCenter at the University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, keep registered and licensed practical nurses on staff.
Reaching out for support is critical when you take on the role as caregiver. The demands can take a physical, emotional, and financial toll on you and your family. In Ohio, unpaid family caregiver help equates to around $14.2 billion annually. The Ohio Department of Aging’s National Family Caregiver Support Program can provide:
Caregiver support groups Care training Resources and information Adult day services Home delivered meals
If your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, care can be intensive. The Alzheimer’s Association offers support groups that meet in Cleveland once a week. There is a meeting available at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus on the second Tuesday of each month and another support group that meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. Check with the Alzheimer’s Association for meeting times as these are subject to change.
These services can prove to be invaluable as you continue caring for an aging loved one.
About 60 percent of caregivers are women, many with full-time jobs and children. In these cases, the role of intensive caregiving may be too much. Assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities are options. Since these options require financial planning, consult with an elder-law attorney or senior care advisor about financial options.
Your family physician may be able to recommend facilities and communities that can provide your loved one with the right amount of care. Many facilities now offer an “aging in place” service that allows your loved one to remain in the community as their health care changes. Some communities offer specific “neighborhoods” for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease to provide a certain level of security. It is never too early to begin making plans for senior care.
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