Are you helping to care for an elderly family member or friend? Then you’re one of approximately 50 million Americans who are considered senior caregivers.
Even a few hours of care per week can make a huge difference and help a senior avoid moving into an assisted living or skilled nursing center. Getting help from friends and family members saves money and promotes independence and confidence for many seniors.
Although many times this care is happily provided by a senior’s family, the stress of scheduling and providing the care can feel overwhelming to already busy family members. The physical, emotional and financial toll can result in the caregivers feeling like they need care themselves.
You’re doing a wonderful thing for your family member by offering your assistance to them. But to avoid burning out or hurting your own health and well-being, make sure you give yourself a break sometimes. One way to do this is to look into respite care options in your area.
Cedar Lake Village offers respite care when there is availability in assisted living.
Respite care offers short-term, temporary services — from in-home well checks to around-the-clock nursing supervision. Respite care is provided by many home care agencies, nursing homes, care centers, senior living communities and retirement homes. Some locations offer adult day programs that provide half-day and whole-day care that includes meals and group social activities.
The cost of respite care will vary according to the level of care needed. Some insurance plans and Medicare options will pay for respite care. Some services may be provided by Medicaid or on a sliding scale fee.
The cost of respite care will be money well spent to maintain your health as a caregiver, and it will be much less costly than the alternative of moving your loved one to a long-term skilled care center. Taking the time to take care of yourself will make you a better caregiver. So go ahead, take a break — you probably need it, and you definitely deserve it.
By Patricia Smith
Marketing and resource development director
at Good Samaritan Society – Fairlawn Village in Gresham, Oregon