Caregiving for a loved one may be a life-enriching experience. It makes it possible for you to associate with an aging parent or family member in meaningful ways. But, it may also be exhausting as daily activities increase. For people that operate and have their very own family, the added stress can feel unmanageable occasionally.
As you might not want them now, knowing what’s out there will provide you peace of mind for your caregiving journey beforehand.
Creating Your Senior Living Caregiver Toolbox for the Elderly
The agency on Aging: One call or visit to make early in your caregiving journey would be into the local agency on aging. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging maintains a database of local offices. You can use your zip code to find the one nearest to you. These aging services professionals are the regional experts on everything from transportation to applying for Medicaid. Getting to know the regional agency and its programs will be invaluable. Older Mothers and Caregivers can help you connect with sources such as the Benefits Checkup®. This online tool will help you through a set of quick queries to determine whether your aging relative qualifies for any apps or assistance.
Medicare.gov: If you are responsible for assisting a senior make informed health choices, the Medicare site will be of interest. It can help you objectively evaluate healthcare providers based on state survey reports, learn more about prescription drug policy, and review a listing of Medigap insurance choices.
Disease-specific Providers: Don’t overlook the support available through organizations dedicated to different diseases and health issues. Many have comprehensive online resources that make it easier than ever to locate answers and support.
Online or in-house support classes: Using a group of employees that understand caregiving’s highs and lows can help you maintain balance and perspective. If your schedule does not let you attend neighborhood meetings, connect with a single online. The Family Caregiver Alliance’s Smart Patients, Caregivers Community is a great way to engage with fellow caregivers in the privacy of your house at a time that works for you.
Respite Care Offers Support to Caregivers
One final suggestion is to explore local respite care services even if you don’t think you want them. This short term care solution can function as a backup emergency plan if the family caregiver drops ill or needs a break.
Five Star Senior Living is one of the country’s leading providers of respite. With more communities nearby, you are sure to obtain a respite program near you. Call us today to learn more and schedule a tour!