Thousands of families across Mesa care for an older friend, family member, or neighbor. Acting as a full-time caregiver can be a stressful job, however, there are a number of local support services designed to make your life a little bit easier.
Caring for an older adult is both physically and emotionally demanding, and it’s important to take breaks every now and then. You can hire help around the house, or place your loved one in the care of trained staff at a residential facility.
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Adult day programs provide care and offer supervised activities for seniors during the day while their primary caregiver works, cares for children, or tends to other personal needs. Mesa locals pay a daily median of $88 for adult day care.
In-home respite care services look after your loved one from the comfort of their living room. Home health workers can help with anything from household chores to medication management. Homemaker services in Mesa cost a median of $125 per day, while a home health aide costs a daily median of $134.
Residential respite facilities care for your loved one away from home while you take a short vacation. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes offer a variety of medical services that can be tailored to suit each individual patient’s health needs. Care in an assisted living facility cost Mesa seniors $114 per day, while a private room in a local nursing home costs $262.
It’s not hard to find help in and around the Mesa area. The Arizona Caregiver Coalition is a community-based group that helps caregivers living throughout Arizona to meet the challenges of looking after a loved one with a chronic condition or disability. Families can call the toll-free Caregiver Resource Line to speak with a trained caregiver advocate about local services, special events, and community outreach programs.
Duet is another nonprofit agency that works to improve the quality of daily life for older adults and their caregivers. The group holds peer support meetings in locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, including a monthly Parkinson’s caregiver support group at Red Mountain Active Adult Center. Duet also organizes training workshops, conferences and seminars where caregivers can meet and exchange ideas.
Mesa families who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia can take advantage of care consultations, early stage programs and CarePRO training courses offered by the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter. For emotional support and friendly advice, visit one of three peer support groups held in the Mesa area. Respite services are available for caregivers who attend bimonthly Friday meetings at Red Mountain.
Not all families are able to provide full-time care at home for a loved one with complex health issues. Mesa area assisted living centers and nursing homes offer a spectrum of services for seniors who require long-term medical care. You can speak with friends and family to learn more about local facilities, or talk to your loved one’s primary care doctor for a recommendation. The Maricopa Area Agency on Aging is also able to help caregivers find a quality long-term health care provider.
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