Caring for a senior loved one is a demanding job that requires you to be present all day, every day. While you likely love the person you are caring for, this is still a job that can be emotionally, mentally and physically draining. If you are looking for help and support, it is likely going to be good news to hear that there are options and resources in the local Philadelphia community you can use. Taking some time to learn about the local resources can be quite beneficial when providing care for a long period of time.
Taking a break does not mean you plan to take off weeks or even days at a time. In fact, taking just a few hours for yourself a few times a week can work wonders on your ability to provide care for a senior loved one. Doing so will allow you to take care of personal responsibilities and just read a book or watch television.
Seek help from people in your family or friends who have a bit of free time. This is one of the easiest ways to get some time away for yourself. It is also free, which is beneficial for those who may not have much of an income to pay for help or support.
Another option is to seek adult day care services. These are offered for seniors who cannot manage themselves alone, but who have caregivers who may need a break during the day. These centers offer a supervised, safe and interactive environment for seniors. They also offer emergency care, therapeutic diets and nutrition, activities, social services, and personal care for those who need it. There are locations throughout Philadelphia and you can learn more by contacting the Area Agency on Aging.
Respite care services can also be beneficial for caregivers. These services can be offered by other family members or friends, or can be offered by a professional who is called in for assistance. The price you pay for this type of care will vary based on what levels of services are needed. In the majority of cases, calling in a trained professional for help and assistance will be the most expensive option.
In addition to taking a break, it can be beneficial to connect with other caregivers who are in the Philadelphia area. There are a number of support and counseling programs offered, including the following:
The ALS Association Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area offers local resource groups, respite services, and education for caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides services and information through its Helpline, including support groups for family caregivers, educational seminars and newsletters with Alzheimer’s related information.
Another support group locator is referred to as the Eldercare Locator and sponsored by the local Area Agency on Aging.
There are instances when the family caregiver is no longer able to provide adequate care for their senior loved one. If this occurs, then knowing what options are available is a must. One option is to search for long-term care facilities in the local area to provide ongoing care. This may be in the form of an assisted living facility or a nursing home.
The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services is also available to help if an individual has a chronic condition or disability and is eligible to receive Medicaid. In this case, they may also qualify for additional financial assistance that is able to be used to pay for community-based services and various support. In some cases, these services are referred to as cash and counseling, participant or consumer directed programs or something else.
The Aging and Disability Resource Centers are also available for help. Here people who are looking for information or help with long-term services can contact this organization for more information.
In some cases, the type of care that is sought will be based on the budget or insurance coverage the senior, or their caregiver has access to. Understanding some of the average costs of care can be beneficial.
For homemaker services, you can expect to pay (on average) $21 per hour or $48,048 annually.
For adult day care services, you can expect to pay (on average) $60 per day or $15,600 annually.
For assisted living facilities, you can expect to pay (on average) $3,075 per month or $36,900 annually.
For nursing home care in a semi-private room, you can expect to pay (on average) $314 per day or $114,610 annually. For a private room, the cost is $350 per day or $127,750 annually.
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