As a family caregiver, you probably know that caring for an older adult can be as stressful as it is rewarding. Luckily, a number of local services and support groups are available to help Tempe families manage the challenges of providing full-time care.
Are you having trouble juggling your personal life with your job as a caregiver? Respite care agencies throughout Tempe are able to provide skilled care for your loved one while you take some well-deserved “me time.”
Families with internet access can order goods and hire services by contacting a local concierge service. For just $5 and a tip, Favor will deliver meals and products from a range of local venues straight to your doorstep. Amazon Prime Now also offers same-day delivery for Tempe residents living in select zip codes.
When you need to leave the house for errands and appointments but can’t leave your loved one alone, you can hire in-home respite care services. Home health workers look after the personal needs of homebound seniors while their primary caregiver is busy or absent. Tempe area homemaker services cost families a median of $125 per day, while home health aides charge around $134 per day.
Caregivers who work long hours during the business day can leave their loved one with trained and compassionate staff at a local adult day health center. Tempe seniors are able to enjoy fitness classes, planned activities, group meals and more for a median daily cost of $88. If your loved one requires round-the-clock care while you take time off, you can schedule a short-term stay at a local residential respite facility. Assisted living care costs a median of $114 per day for Tempe residents, while private nursing care costs a daily median of $262.
A number of local groups work with Tempe area caregivers to provide emotional support and guidance as their loved one ages. The Arizona Caregiver Coalition not only connects families with local peer support groups but also puts them in contact with respite care workers and other senior services. You can call (888) 737-7494 to speak with a representative about financial assistance, educational opportunities, and other community resources for caregivers in your neighborhood.
The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter helps families throughout Arizona and Southern Nevada to meet with the challenges of caring for a dementia patient. Training programs, professional care consultations, and a 24-hour hotline helps families to provide the best possible care for their loved one. A peer support group for dementia patients and their caregivers meet at the Tempe Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church on the second Saturday of each month.
Duet, an Arizona nonprofit agency, also organizes caregiver support groups that are held throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Family caregivers can connect with their peers by attending one of these support groups or by signing up for Duet training workshops and educational seminars.
Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to provide full-time care for a loved one in need. Assisted living centers and nursing homes provide care for seniors who are unable to live independently and do not have a home caregiver. The Maricopa Area Agency on Aging helps Tempe families to locate local senior services, including long-term residential care. You can speak with a case manager to find a health provider and to coordinate a long-distance care plan for your loved one. You can also speak to friends and family or check out online reviews at SeniorAdvisor.com to learn more about residential care options in Tempe.
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