If you have a loved one who needs around the clock care, you know that being a caregiver is a full-time job. Fortunately, there are agencies and resources in the Riverside area who provide caregiver assistance both in and outside of the home. Community organizations, public, and private providers are on hand to give you a break when you need it, and help you provide great care that keeps your loved one happy and healthy.
Caregiving isn’t an easy job, it’s a tough one. It requires your physical, mental, and emotional focus every day, and it’s important to take short breaks and keep time for yourself to avoid burnout. In Riverside, there are a number of assistance options that can free up time and make daily care easier to manage. Here’s a sampling listing of the least expensive options to higher-end options with area cost estimates.
Concierge services are available to help out with a variety of small tasks or errands during the week to take a few responsibilities off of your plate. Want to avoid the traffic? Hire a service to deliver your groceries. Need a few household items? Use a service like Amazon Prime who offers same-day delivery to save yourself the trip to the store. There are dozens of options available in the Riverside area to help.
Adult day programs are an excellent resource for caregivers who work during the day, or who need daytime respite. The facilities are state-licensed and have staff on hand to provide personal care, meals, and activities for seniors during the day. Seniors who receive assistance from the VA or Medicaid will need to enroll at centers who accept these programs, so be sure to ask ahead of time. There are also day program options for seniors with memory care needs if your loved one has dementia. Median daily cost in the Riverside area: $76.
In-home respite care is perfect for homebound seniors, or for caregivers who need to leave the home during the day and don’t have the time to drive their loved one to an adult day center. You can hire either a homemaker service, or for seniors with more advanced medical needs, a home health aide, to come into your home to give care when you can not. Median daily cost: $132.
Residential respite care is an off-site live-in care situation that’s perfect if you are unable to provide care for a certain amount of time. There are short-term and long-term facilities available, and depending on the needs of your loved one you can choose from assisted living or nursing home facilities. Median daily cost: $101 for assisted living, $235 for nursing home care.
Deciding where to start your search is easy. Log onto the California Department of Aging website and access their listings of top providers by county. You can also visit the facility listings and reviews on SeniorAdvisor.com to see the options in your area and read reviews from residents and caregivers about their experiences.
Not everyone can relate to the daily challenges of being a caregiver. Other caregivers in your area are well-equipped to understand your struggles, and offer you comfort and impartial advice when you need it. There are a variety of support groups to choose from, and it’s important to visit a few until you find one that is the right fit for you. Here are some resources to find ones that meet in your area:
The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland chapter holds monthly support groups throughout the area for seniors with dementia and their caregivers. The association also has a 24-hour helpline to offer support and assistance to caregivers outside of regular meetings.
On the Riverside County Network of Care website, you’ll find nearly 30 support groups throughout the county for caregivers. Options exist for Spanish speakers as well as a variety of specific diseases or illnesses to help you find the best fit for you.
It’s not always possible to predict how our lives may change over time, and sometimes circumstances arise that may make you unable to be the full-time caregiver for your loved one for a period of time. Regardless of whether this is a short-term or long-term situation, it’s important to have other care options available to you. The decision of what to do next can be an emotional one, so consider using these community resources to make the transition as easy as possible for you and your loved one.
The Family Caregiver Alliance has a national network of staff who are trained to help provide caregivers with the information and resources they need to find the right care fit for their loved ones.
Locally, you can reach out to the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Riverside County where they can connect you with caregiver programs and resources in your area.
As a caregiver, it’s important to pay attention to your own health and avoid getting burned out on the day to day of caring for a loved one. Ask for help when you need it, and use these and more valuable resources in your area to persevere your own quality of life, as well as the life of your loved one.
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