If you are assuming the role as caregiver to an aging family member, then you know the challenges facing millions of Americans every day. This responsibility can be overwhelming and stressful, especially if you also carry the responsibility of raising a family while working full-time. It is critical to find the support to help you manage stress and stay healthy, physically and emotionally.
New York provides plenty of options to help you shoulder the responsibility of caregiving. Whether you need to take a break, think about long-term care, or meet with others with similar experiences, you can find a wide range of help in Rochester.
More and more people are relying on in-home respite care than ever before. This type of care allows you to spend the day away from home while a trained, insured, and bonded home health aide provides care. These aides are thoroughly screened before employment and can offer companionship and conversation to your loved one while you are gone.
Companies, like Home Helpers of Rochester, assist your loved one with activities of daily living (ADLs) along with other services. The following services are commonly provided by in-home respite care:
Bathing, grooming, hygiene, and toileting Mobility assistance Medication reminders Meal preparation and cooking Laundry Light housekeeping Grocery shopping and errands Incidental transportation
Some companies also provide medical alert systems at an additional cost. According to the 2015 Genworth Cost of Care Survey for New York, the daily median rate for a home health aide in Rochester for eight hours is $200.
Residential respite care is also available at assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities in the city. The initial stay may be short-term, but if you and your loved one like the services provided and the atmosphere, then you can keep the community open as a possible long-term option should you no longer be able to provide care.
With so many facilities in the Rochester area, you will have no problem finding one that matches your loved one’s personality, style, hobbies, and interests. These communities provide care and fulfill the needs and ADLs of your loved one in a comfortable (and oftentimes, luxurious) setting.
Many communities, like Atria Greece, provide similar services and a few exclusive ones.
Activities on/off-site Indoor and outdoor common areas Meals and restaurant-style dining Nurses on staff Complimentary transportation Beauty and barber services on-site Podiatrist available Dentist available
Residential respite care tends to be more expensive, but you get a safe and secure environment as well as nurses on staff or doctors on call. A private room in a skilled nursing facility in the Rochester area runs $370 per day on average. The median daily rate for one bedroom unit at an assisted living community is $138.
If you need respite care so you can take the day off or go to work without worrying about the type of care your loved one might receive, an adult day program may be a good for both of you. These programs are also known as adult day care centers and provide a safe place for your loved one to go during the day. The average daily rate is $85 in Rochester.
An adult day program can help your loved one remain at home longer by providing health care services in a senior setting with engaging activities. The centers tend to follow a structured program that may include:
Special events Invite guest speakers Activities like games and exercise Arts and crafts Cooking Provided meals and snacks Transportation to and from the center Medical care Activities of daily living Counseling Rehabilitative services
With so many services offered, an adult day program is a budget-friendly choice for respite care.
Building a network of supportive friends and resources are important to maintaining a sense of well-being while caregiving. A Wellness Day for Family Caregivers meets at the David H. Klein Center for Compassion and Healing on the third Friday of each month to provide workshops on topics such as dealing with stress.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides support groups through its Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter. Support groups typically meet once a month to share experiences and learn how to cope with caring for a loved one affected by the disease.
Circumstances beyond your control can make caregiving no longer possible for you. In this case, you can consider hiring a home health company to come into your home full-time, or move your loved one into an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility.
Don’t forget to maintain your health while caregiving. Speak to your family physician if are feeling overwhelmed, angry, depressed, or stressed.
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