Caring for an elderly loved one can be a full-time job. If you are doing this on your own, you may have discovered that finding time for yourself is nearly impossible. The good news is there are a number of resources providing support in the Houston area. Some of these services offer full-time respite care while others offer counseling and support from other caregivers in the local area. Learning a bit more about what is available in the local area can be quite beneficial.
When a family caregiver provides support for their aging loved one 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they may find it extremely difficult to “get away” and get a bit of time to themselves. This is when looking into options to provide help during the day is a good idea. Taking time for yourself will help ensure you can handle other responsibilities while your loved one still receives the care they need.
Respite care services in Houston are available. Texas Respite Resource Network is available to help families who may need some additional help at home. Another option is A.F.T.E.R. Hours, which is Adult Friendly Time of Evening Respite Hours and that offers anyone over the age of 18 with some type of mental disability an activity program to provide their caregiver a bit of time away.
Adult daycare centers provide a place with an elderly person who cannot stay alone can interact with others and be in a safe environment. Most locations offer planned activities, art, and music. In many cases, meals and transportation are provided, as well.
Ask family or friends. Request that other family members pitch in to help with the senior who is unable to stay on their own. This is a schedule that can be worked out to provide everyone with a break from caregiving duties.
In many cases, it will be essential to consider the resources the person who is financially responsible has to pay for caregiving services. In most cases, a senior’s insurance will not cover this type of care, but it may be worth calling and verifying this fact.
Caregiver Support and Coordination for caregivers in the Harris County area is an organization that provides support, assessment of caregiver needs, planning services, and other help. There are a number of groups in this organization that provides advice and other services to caregivers in the local community.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides senior caregivers with access to information about this disease so they can provide better care for their afflicted loved one.
The Chinese Community Center offers support groups in addition to caregiver education, workshops and training in Harris County.
Through Gateway To Care, the Harris County Hospital District provides education and health promotion services in Harris County. These activities have been designed to provide assistance to caregivers who are having to make decisions and solve problems related to providing care for a senior loved one.
Two more resources for caregivers in Houston include the HCAAA Access and Assistance Program and the Texas Southern University Center on Aging.
If the acting caregiver discovers that they are no longer able to provide this level of care, they may need to begin to consider other care options. Houston offers a number of different ways to acquire care for a senior loved one. Factors such as whether or not medical or nonmedical care must be considered to ensure the right type and level of care is secured.
A quality resource for people who are searching for some help finding additional care for an aging loved one is AARP. Here they can find advice, forums, and additional information about hiring caregivers and what to look for to find the right one. There are also senior advisors who can help a person make arrangements.
Another resource to use is the Texas Agency on Aging. Houston is one of the regional hubs for the AAA, so there is a location specifically for Harris County. This agency offers a number of services and types of assistance to older members of the community, including:
Determination of the need for nutrition and social services. Advocate services. Utilize federal funds to fill service gaps. Offers assistance and training for caregivers.
Virtually any service needed by a caregiver or senior can be answered by the local AAA of Harris County.
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