As a caregiver, it’s your job to take care of another person and make sure all their physical, mental, and medical needs are met. However, that doesn’t mean you can neglect your own needs in the process. Burnout while caregiving is a common problem and it happens often because people don’t think they should or can ask for help. If you’re in the Orlando area, there are plenty of resources available to you that will help make your job easier as well as make you the best caregiver you can be for your loved one.
Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done and that is especially true for caregivers. If you feel like your to-do list is never-ending, you can’t finish everything, or you just need a little rest from your duties, these services should be able to help.
Concierge Services: This is for when you realize you forgot to buy groceries for the week but can’t leave your loved one alone. Or, maybe your house has become disorganized and you just don’t have the time to clean. Concierge services can take care of all these tasks and leave you free to focus on caregiving.
Companies like Ousley Concierge Services can take care of things like grocery shopping, picking up dry cleaning, meal preparation, and house cleaning. You can contact them for their rates and packages and they will accommodate your schedule so you’re able to focus on caregiving instead of errands.
Adult Day Care Programs: State-licensed and available at most senior centers and facilities around the area, adult day care is a great solution if you need to be away from your loved one for a few hours, or just need a little break from your duties to focus on other things. These programs provide a place for seniors to go during the day while still getting the supervision they might need.
Share the Care has various locations throughout the Orlando area and they provide seniors with classes, therapy, entertainment and socialization while you’re away. They also provide specialized dementia care if that is needed. Before you choose a program, check to see if they accept Medicaid or VA benefits to help with the cost because the average daily rate for the area is around $60.
Respite Care: This is another option when you need a little break or if you’re going to be away for longer than a day. In-home respite care is for those who are homebound and can’t travel to get the care they need. A home health aide will come to your house to provide care while you’re away for the day or even while you’re at home working on other things. This service generally costs between $14 to $22 per hour.
Residential respite care is another option if you have to leave for any length of time. You can place your family member in a skilled facility temporarily while they will get the care they need. If you need help looking for a respite facility in your area you can turn to the Florida Department of Human services or try SeniorAdvisor.com.
At some point, you are going to need some support in your caregiving duties. Whether that comes from a friend who is going through the same thing or reaching out to a support group, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do this alone.
The Senior Resource Alliance has a guide that can connect you to national and local caregiving resources. Whether that’s a support group in your area or an online workshop to give you more education about caregiving, you can find what you need there.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center has a list of meeting places for the state of Florida so you can find a meeting in your area and connect with others who are going through the same things you are.
The Alzheimer’s Association is another great group to get in touch with. They have support groups, meetings, and educational opportunities for both the people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
It can be stressful when you realize that you’re no longer able to provide the care that your loved one needs. You might have to move them into a nursing facility or perhaps hire full-time in-home care help. Whatever route you choose, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t feel guilty about changing care plans or giving up your duties. You need to make sure the needs of your family member are met.
If you’re thinking of changing the type of care your family member gets, you might want to think about finding a geriatric manager. These professionals know how to coordinate different schedules, find facilities in your budget, and create the best care plan that fits your budget. You can find care management with the Orlando Senior Health Network and find assistance with whatever you need during this time.
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