When you care for a family member, you are taking on a full-time job. It can be demanding on your time and can be extremely stressful. You will need a break. There are options if you need to share the load on a regular basis or if you can’t provide care anymore. These options include private agencies, public programs, and other support groups.
It’s hard work to be in charge of someone’s health and care. Not only is it physically hard, but it can take a toll on your mental health. Giving yourself a break will recharge you mentally. Here are some options for you.
Helper services are available to relieve some of the simpler tasks. There are services for meals, housekeeping, errands, help lines for assistance and more! There is another volunteer organization available in Glendale, which offers additional services such as transportation, friendly visits and respite care (to ensure safety and have someone around). There are also adult centers with games, clubs, fitness and more for a nominal fee of $40 a year.
Adult day care is available for those seniors who need more. They offer a hot lunch, social activities, and care during the workweek. On average, it costs $60 a day in Glendale, AR.
In-home care is an option, if your loved one cannot leave and you are unable to transport him or her to a day program. There are agencies that will send a health aide to the home to take care of your loved one. These agencies also offer transportation to appointments. These services are different than volunteer services and can cost around $120 a day.
If you want to find nearby in-home or residential care, visit the Arizona Department of Aging and Disability Services respite care finder. You can also visit the support and resource center that provides additional information on caregiving.
Try a few support groups to learn some tricks of the trade from other caregivers. You are not in this alone, and sometimes just chatting with someone going through the same thing can give you a lot of satisfaction and relief.
If you can’t give the care needed at this time for any reason, there are sources to assist you. The Arizona Area on Aging offers a website with valuable information, numbers to call for guidance, and other programs. You can hire a care manager to help you establish the best plan for your loved one.
Another great source is Eldercare, which is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging and connects caregivers with area services. The Eldercare Locator provides area-specific recommendations for services including home care, meal options, transportation and more.
There are services to help you. You are not in this alone. There are also volunteers around or family and friends to help you. You also need to take care of yourself.
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