Caring for an elderly parent can add stress to the caregiver. It may be hard to admit but caregiving takes emotional, physical and financial tolls on adult children or any loved one caring for an older adult. However, there are many resources and services to take advantage of so relationships aren’t strained and the love remains especially during the holiday season.
Perhaps you don’t want your loved one in a nursing home or senior care place or maybe his or her need doesn’t require around the clock service. There are many options to consider including respite care which you can read here. The following information will give you a quick guide to help keep services lower.
The government programs varies by state but Medicaid can help when taking care of aging parents. It’s important to ensure your loved one is receiving all the assistance to help their everyday lives well. You may check out the National Council on Aging’s Benefits Check Up to see which ones your parent(s) qualify for. This is a free service from the council.
Money is typically an issue especially if the income is limited. Veterans Affairs, nonprofits and even churches may have just the support you’re looking for. Some organizations and churches have day care options if that’s what you’re searching for. If you are choosing to look after your parent yourself, click here to learn how you may be reimbursed for caregiving.
However, if you are unable to provide the care your senior needs or wants, there are organizations such as Hands and Hearts Home Care with professional caregivers to offer expert support with a smile. These home care establishments will provide minimum or maximum support and always ask about what financial aid they may be able to provide or find for you. There’s a slew of possibilities you may find by just looking and asking.
If your loved one insists on living at home, consider a home monitoring system particularly if he or she lives by him/herself. There are also devices to allow help to come quickly if falls are an issue. These 24/7 systems contact the appropriate help to arrive as soon as possible.
Meals & Support
Senior centers and other nonprofits are just a couple of ways to provide delivered meals and support groups. When limited income comes into play, sometimes groceries are lessened. Many states have local senior centers per county providing Meals on Wheels and sometimes churches and nonprofits also help out. You may also check with family and friends who can provide meals or groceries or even quality time.
Loneliness may be an issue for some seniors but providing interaction even if it’s over the phone or through Zoom can perk up any mood. If your senior is comfortable and well enough to venture out, coffee dates or lunch dates are another option. The weekly meetings – or however frequent you choose – may just be the positive interaction your loved one needs.
Caregiving may be exhausting but you should never have to go at it alone. Always remember there are programs, services and friends to help you through this journey! Give us a call today and see how Hands and Hearts Home Care can make a difference for your family!