Adult day care and respite care programs are a win/win proposition for aging seniors and their caregivers. Such programs help the senior and the caregiver in such a way as to provide alternative care to prevent institutionalism for the senior and worsening health conditions for the senior and the caregiver.
Under these programs, adult caregivers get the opportunity to take a much-needed break in order to relieve the stress and burden of a difficult job. It gives them the opportunity to take care of their own needs, their families, and even to hold down a job. They can tend to their personal needs, knowing that the person they care for is being given safe and appropriate care.
Seniors who need care and supervision will receive that type of care in an adult day care and a respite program. In addition to those services, they have the opportunity for companionship and socialization, as well as the ability to take part in enrichment programs such as arts, music, exercise, yoga, cooking, and gardening. Adult day care programs also provide basic medical services and medication management.
The Community Care Access Center (CCAC) accepts referrals from family members, physicians, friends, and seniors who need help. The referral starts with a call to the program at 310-2222 (no area code required) where an intake coordinator will take some basic information.
From there, the caller will be referred to programs or services that they need. Callers who need an array of services will be assigned to a Care Coordinator. CCAC Care Coordinators are regulated health professionals with expertise in nursing, medical care, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech therapy.
Care Coordinators work closely with seniors and their families to assess their needs and to develop a personalized program of care that includes adult day care and respite care if needed. Care Coordinators are connected to every sect of the healthcare system, so they are an important single point of contact for seniors who need care from multiple systems and programs.
Senior caregivers who want to seek out services on their own may find some help by searching torontocentralhealthline.ca.
Caregivers often need to continue their duties for many years. Caregiver stress and burnout often take a toll on the caregiver’s health and well-being. They may experience physical symptoms such as sleeplessness and exhaustion. There may also be an impact on their mental and emotional health if they begin to experience anxiety, depression, and resentment.
Taking advantage of adult day programs and respite care helps relieve much of the burden that commonly accompanies senior caregiving. Caregivers may also want to look for caregiver support groups where they can meet with other caregivers to share their feelings and experiences with others who understand.
It’s helpful for caregivers to take regular breaks to tend to their own lives and health care. By letting go of some of their duties and allowing others to help, caregivers are essentially helping themselves in the duties as caregivers.
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