Caregiving can be stressful, both physically and emotionally and yet, more people are taking this role as the Baby Boomer generation continues to retire. Adult children may begin helping their parents a little at a time, but eventually they may realize their parents require more than a little help.
Raleigh offers its residents that are trying to balance the caregiving of elderly family members along with the responsibilities of their own families, careers, resources and services to help. Whether you need a day off from the responsibility or just need some advice, caregiver support is available.
Caregiving can easily become a 24 hour job. To remain healthy and to be a better caregiver, you need to take a break to do things for you and your immediate family. There are short-term services available to help you get the time off you need while providing care for your loved one.
Respite care is available as an in-home or residential service for those caregivers taking care of the elderly, patients with Alzheimer’s disease, or patients with other forms of dementia. A home health aide can come to your home and care for your loved one with the activities of daily living like dressing, bathing, meal preparation, medication administration, and light housework.
Several companies, like Right at Home of Wake County, also provide complimentary transportation. The 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey for North Carolina reports that this type of care is available in Raleigh at a median daily rate of $168 for eight hours.
Residential respite care can occur in an assisted living community or a skilled nursing facility, although the daily cost is more. Your loved one can receive intensive care in a comfortable environment and socialize with other seniors.
The North Carolina capital offers many facilities that provide short-term care, like Brookdale North Raleigh and Elmcroft of Northridge. The median daily rate for residential respite care in Raleigh is $140 for a one bedroom assisted living facility and $210 for a private room in a nursing home.
Adult day centers provide a safe and secure environment complete with social engagement and supervision. These programs offer caregivers a chance to spend the day at work or take a day off as needed. The cost is relatively low compared to in-home and residential respite care and is a prudent option. Similarly to an assisted living facility in regards to activities, adult day programs offer arts, crafts, music, cognitive activities, meals, outings, social events, and guest speakers. Raleigh’s median daily rate for an adult day program is $53.
The North Carolina Respite Care Coalition is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that provides collaboration, advocacy, access to resources, and funding and grant opportunities when you join.
The North Carolina Health and Human Services offer Family Caregiver Support for those caregivers:
Seeking information about resources and services Counseling and support groups Health and nutrition training Respite care Supplemental services
You may be eligible for the Family Caregiver Support if you are caring for a senior age 60 or older, a person with Alzheimer’s disease, or a senior suffering another form of dementia. To learn more, contact the closest Area Agency on Aging located at Triangle J. Council of Governments in Durham, or call the local office that serves Wake County at (919)-558-2711.
Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit organization that brings caregivers together and provides resources. New caregivers can learn answers to frequently asked questions and gain insight through programs and services. Support groups and seminars are also available.
Sometimes no matter how much you want to care for an aging loved one, other responsibilities will need to take precedence. According to Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, informal caregiving in the U.S. is estimated at $522 billion annually.
If trying to balance a full-time job along with family duties and caregiving responsibilities are too much of a strain on your physical, emotional, and financial well being, seeking full-time care may be an option. Skilled nursing facilities (also known as nursing homes) and assisted living communities are options to consider. If you need advice on senior care planning, speak to a senior advisor to develop a plan and learn about local resources. You can speak to your loved one’s family physician about the type of care they recommend and if it is the right option for you.
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