If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or another family member, you might find yourself in the role of caregiver. This is a big job and if you have never done it before, it might feel overwhelming. Even if you’ve been a caregiver for a number of years, the job can start to take its toll and you could begin to experience burnout. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to do everything alone. If you’re in the Tampa area, there are a variety of services and programs that can help you be the best caregiver possible.
While caregiving might be a 24/7 job, there are times that you’re going to need a break whether that’s to run errands and focus on other tasks or to restore your energy. There are a few different services that you can take advantage of so that you get the break you need and your loved one gets the care they need.
Concierge Services: When you run out of milk, the house is a mess, and you still need to pick-up the dry cleaning all while providing care to your family member life can seem stressful. Concierge services can help ease the burden of your everyday errands so you can focus your attention on caregiving and not feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions.
At places like Perfect Timing Concierge, you can hire someone to pick up your groceries, pay your bills, run errands, and even help with holiday shopping. All you have to do is call to set-up a schedule that works for you and discuss the rates for your area.
Adult Day Care: If you need to be out of the house for a few hours to take care of a few things, you can turn to adult day care programs to help you out. These state-licensed programs provide a place for seniors to go during the day where they will be supervised.
The Hillsborough County of Florida offers adult day services for those 60 and over. They have nurses and medical professionals to help with any medical needs as well as social workers to counsel on mental wellbeing. Seniors will also get to socialize, take part in classes, and eat a hot meal. Make sure to find out if the program you choose takes Medicaid or VA benefits as these programs can cost about $83 per day.
Respite Care: Do you need to be away from your loved one, but they can’t leave the house? Respite care is going to be your best option. You have two choices, in-home respite and residential respite. With in-home care, a health professional will come to you to provide care while you’re gone for the day or even at home working on other things. This can cost up to $20 per hour.
You can also consider residential respite care if you’re going to be gone for a longer length of time. Your family member can go to a skilled nursing facility for a temporary amount of time to receive the care they need while you’re away. You can turn to the Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center of Tampa to find the right respite care for your needs.
While you provide care and support for your loved one, you also need to give yourself the same care and support. Caregiving is a demanding job and in order to avoid burnout or other issues, it’s important to find a good support system.
For those who are caregiving for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association has a great support system and the Tampa chapter has various support groups that meet throughout the area. You can also find support for those who have this disease here.
Harmony Home Health has many caregiver services that are offered in the Tampa Bay area. You can find support groups as well as tips on how to handle being an effective caregiver.
You can also check out the Pasco-Pinella Area Agency on Aging for a thorough list of caregiver resources throughout the area.
The chances are great that you won’t always have the same care plan you do now and you may even find that you have to stop your caregiving duties at some point. While this can be stressful and perhaps cause you to feel guilty, it’s important to keep in mind that you have to do what is best for everyone involved even if that means taking a long break or stopping altogether.
A geriatric or care manager can be extremely helpful during this time because they know everything about different forms of care and will perform an assessment to find what works best. They can also help you find care within your budget and make sure the transition goes smoothly. At Aging Care Advocates in Tampa, you can find all of these services and more, which will greatly help everyone settle into their new routine.
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