If you have been a caregiver for any length of time, you know it’s a big job. It can feel like you’re all alone in your duties, but you don’t have to take on everything. In fact, it’s important to make sure that you ask for help when you need it because burnout is a real risk while providing care. You want to avoid things like physical ailments, depression, or lack of energy at this time so that you can give your loved one the best care possible. Here in San Jose, there are plenty of resources available that are meant to make your life easier and give you the opportunity to provide the best care for your family member.
No matter how much you love being a caregiver, everyone needs a break every now and then. There are also times when you’re going to have to be away to attend to another job, or to make a doctor’s appointment. During these times, you can turn to some of these services to help you out.
Respite Care: If your loved one is homebound or can’t move around easily and you need to run an errand, you can look into in-home respite care. In-home care brings a health aide to your home to provide care either while you’re away for the day or at home focusing on other tasks. In-home respite care will usually cost anywhere between $24 to $35 per hour.
If you need to be gone longer than a day and want to find care for your loved one, you can try residential respite care. This provides temporary care at a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community. You can find a list of these types of facilities in your area by looking at the Network of Care for Santa Clara County or searching SeniorAdvisor.com.
Adult Day Care: If you need a break or need to be away for a few hours, another option is adult day care. These programs are state-licensed and give seniors a place to go where they can be supervised as well as socialize with their peers and receive medical attention if needed.
Live Oak Adult Day Services has various locations throughout California, including one in San Jose. Services include physical activity, arts and crafts, and support resources for caregivers. No matter what program you choose, check to see if they will accept VA benefits or Medicaid. Otherwise, costs are generally around $70 per day.
Concierge Services: This option helps ease the burden of regular life while you’re providing care for your family member. You don’t have to worry about picking up the groceries or taking your car to the mechanic because concierge services can take care of that for you.
A company like 2 Busy 4 Errands located in San Jose can take care of the tasks you don’t have time for like grocery shopping, meal delivery, or prescription refills. This company charges $55 per hour and can handle most of your errands for you.
Due to the demands of a caregiving job, you’re going to need to make sure you find a good support system whether that includes friends or family who have similar experience, or a local support group. This will minimize your chances for burnout and will keep everyone healthy and happy.
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County not only offers day breaks for caregivers, but they have a wide variety of services to help support older adults. They are also the county Ombudsman and can help with issues you might have with your care plan.
The Family Caregiver Alliance has an SF Bay Area Resource center than can help you come up with a care plan as well as provide you with caregiving resources. They also have plenty of educational opportunities so you can know everything about being the best care provider.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a San Jose chapter that can connect you with various support groups in the area. These groups are not only for caregivers but those who have Alzheimer’s as well.
Unfortunately, there are times when you won’t be able to be the caregiver for your loved one. Whether you are moving away, have a new baby, or are experiencing burnout, you may have to place your family member in a skilled nursing facility or hire a full-time health aide to come to your home. You should never feel guilty about having to change care plans as long as it’s in the best interest of everyone involved.
One way to make this transition time smoother is to contact a geriatric manager. These professionals, sometimes called care managers, can help you create a new care plan, find a facility or nurse to provide care, and coordinate everyone’s schedule so your loved one feels safe, comfortable, and has care at all times. If you’re interested in these services you can check out Sage Eldercare Solutions located in Santa Clara County. They have care managers that can handle all of your needs.
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