The responsibilities found in the role of family caregiver has increased with the boom of the aging population. As more Baby Boomers enter into retirement, grown children may find themselves trying desperately to juggle senior care with a career and family responsibilities.
Caregivers can begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed as well as alone in providing care. Indianapolis offers its family caregivers support services and resources to stay healthy, maintain balance, and continue being a reliable caregiver.
Sometimes it can be a struggle to get to work on time while caring for a loved one, let alone trying to focus on your work while wondering if your loved one is safe. An adult day program, also known as an adult day care center, can relieve some of those fears at a budget-friendly cost.
These centers run structured programs to help your loved one remain active and engaged. Many programs, like SarahCare of Indianapolis, provide on-site services such as podiatry, salon, bathing, and rehabilitative services like occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Many centers are heavily focused on social engagement and activities like arts and crafts, cooking, and exercise. The median daily rate in the Indianapolis, Carmel, and Anderson areas is $70, according to the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey for Indiana.
In-home respite care is an option if your senior loved one would prefer to stay at home or has trouble moving about. A home health aide can come to your home and provide care in your stead. The aides are carefully screened, then trained, insured, and bonded before being assigned. Companies, such as Comfort Keepers, assist seniors with the following tasks:
Bathing, grooming, and dressing Exercise Mobility Toileting and incontinence care Meal preparation and eating Medication reminders Laundry and light housekeeping Grocery shopping and errands
Home health aides can take your place when it comes to companionship and conversation, so your loved one does not feel isolated. The median daily rate for eight hours of respite care is $160.
Residential respite care is another option if your loved one likes to stay socially engaged or needs intensive care from a staff with a doctor or nurse on call. This type of respite care is available in an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility. These communities are diverse and you can help your loved one find one that matches their lifestyle and interests.
Using a residential respite care facility can also give you an idea of the type of community your loved one may need to stay in long-term at some point. The staff will meet your loved one’s needs while also providing activities and entertainment. The communities offer different services, however many, like the Rosewalk at Lutherwoods Assisted Living, offer similar services:
Activities on-site and off Indoor and outdoor common areas Nurses on staff Meals and dining Podiatrist available Physical, occupational, and speech therapy Beauty and barber services on-site Doctor on call
Residential respite care may be more expensive, but your loved one will be safe in a comfortable environment with staff on hand. The daily median rate for a one bedroom unit at an assisted living community in Indianapolis is $131. A private room at a skilled nursing facility is $267 per day on average.
Caregiving is a tough job and you may not realize you are carrying a great deal of stress until it affects you physically or emotionally. It is critical that you socialize with other caregivers sharing the same experience as you.
If you are caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association provides caregiver support groups in Indianapolis through the Greater Indiana Chapter. There are several groups that meet in the city once a month. The meeting times are subject to change.
Family caregivers of veterans can go through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have access to a web-based support group. This group teaches caregivers how to manage stress, communicate effectively, how to take care of yourself, and allows you to share experiences with other caregivers.
Speak to a senior care advisor about planning for a smooth transition to residential care or full-time in-home care with an aide, if you will no longer be able to provide care. An elder-law attorney or financial advisor can help you locate resources for senior care funding. The important thing to remember is to take care of you, too.
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