As a caregiver, you know the importance of making sure that your loved one’s needs are always met. That can sometimes be a stressful job especially if you are the primary source of care. Luckily, you don’t have to do everything on your own and here in Portland, there are services and resources that you can use to ease the burden of care or help in an emergency. Here is a guide that highlights some of the services you can use to make sure both your needs and your loved one’s are taken care of.
There are times when you need help taking care of your loved one and these services will give you a hand with your caregiving duties or other jobs you might need.
Concierge Services: If you are the full-time caregiver for your family member, you might not have the time to do other things like run errands, pick up prescriptions, or any other number of things on your to-do list. However, concierge services can be a huge help to people like you.
Companies like My Heart and Hands offer services specifically for seniors and their families. They can help you with things like running errands, transportation, home assessments, and even companionship. You will have to call to find out the different rates for each service, but on their website they have a list of resources and articles to help caregivers.
You can also use things like Amazon Prime Now to have items you need right away delivered to your home on the same day that you place the order. This usually runs about $8 plus tip for a one-hour delivery time.
Adult Programs: There are some days that you have to be out of the house for a few hours and that can leave you wondering what to do with your loved one. Adult day care programs are state-licensed facilities that will provide supervision and care for the day while you take care of other things. This can also be a great option if you need to take a day off from your duties.
Adult day care programs like those offered at Cedar Sinai Park include daily activities like exercise classes or art and music therapy, seniors will also be served a hot meal, and be under the constant supervision of health care professionals. If needed, check to see if the program accepts VA or Medicaid so that it can be an affordable option for everyone. The average cost of adult programs is about $85 per day.
In-Home Respite Care: In some cases, your family member or loved one might be homebound and a day care program just isn’t feasible. In-home respite care can offer you the help and break that you need from caregiving by coming to where you are. This way you know they are getting the medical care they need even while you aren’t there. These services can average about $23 per hour.
If you need to be gone for an extended period of time, such as a vacation or holiday, there are also assisted living facilities that can offer a temporary place for your loved one to receive the care they need. There are dozens of facilities in the area and the average cost for a stay is about $273 per day or $3,895 per month.
You will want to do plenty of research if you do decide to use respite care and SeniorAdvisor.com is a great place to start. You can also check the Oregon Department of Human Services to find facilities in your area.
Caregiving is a big job and one that can take a physical and mental toll. It’s important that you have a way to connect with other people that are in the same position as you so your well-being is managed.
The Family Caregiver Alliance offers resources for caregivers both online and in their own state. You can learn about different tasks that caregivers should know, connect with other caregivers, and find out about all the programs available to you and your loved ones.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a local Portland chapter that has regular group meetings for both those suffering from the disease and their caregivers. They also have numerous other resources to get the help you need.
Powerful Tools For Caregivers is another online resource that offers classes and education about everything you need to know to be a caregiver. This can help make your job easier so you know what to expect with your loved one.
There may come a time when you can no longer provide care for your loved one whether that is due to a new job, baby, or moving away or perhaps their medical needs have become too great for you to handle on your own. At that point, it’s time to look into getting full-time care whether that is in your home or theirs or move them into a nursing facility where they can receive skilled medical care.
This can be a difficult and stressful time for everyone involved and it’s important to take care of everyone’s needs. A geriatric manager, such as Cognitia Care, can help you and your loved one plan for the future and manage all the changes that this time can bring.
Remember that it is ok to ask for help because caregiver burnout happens more often than not. Talk with others who have gone through the same thing and never be afraid to take care of yourself as well as your loved one because as long as you’re healthy you can take care of others.
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