Importance of Self-Care
A new year has begun and with new years and new beginnings, people tend to make resolutions or goals for the upcoming year. Perhaps becoming healthier is one of your goals which can encompass both physical and mental health. If you are a caring for a loved one by yourself, working on self care is so important and essential to prevent burn out.
Evaluating the Options
One way to relieve some a small percentage of caregiving is looking into adult day care programs or centers. Not only will you get a small break but your loved one can look forward to socialization and activities with others. These care centers, generally provided during the day, provide an array of services from meals to cognitive motivation. Sometimes transportation may be available depending on distance or cost. Maybe you only need a couple hours here and there--and Hands and Hearts can arrange our caregiver times around your schedule.
There are independent adult day cares and there are also day cares a part of assisted living, nursing or retirement communities. The right one will depend on your loved one’s needs and desires. Either way, he or she is surrounded by other people away from isolation and you get a little break which is important for your emotional health.
It may take time to find a place particularly the right place with the right needs met but that’s ok. You’ll want to see what sort of medical needs will be met if needed, look at reviews, staff qualifications and cost. Medicaid may help offset some or a lot of the financial burden. However, don’t let cost be your driving factor as the cheaper option may not be the best option for your loved one.
Finding Qualified Caregivers
Day cares and communities should require their staff to be skilled and up-to-date on qualifications. When researching your options, this is definitely important to keep in mind. After all, you wouldn’t send a child to just any after school program so why should you send your older loved one to just any facility? The right place should be engaging and fun in addition to safe and like a second home.
Day care centers or programs have a job to do and that is to provide a certain level of care to your loved family member or friend. While you utilize these services, it will help reduce any worry or caregiver fatigue that can plague caregivers. Mental health is important for your loved one and you.
Home Care You Can Count On
If you need any help evaluating your care options for seniors, give our talented In Home Care Specialists a call today. At Hands and Hearts Home Care, we pride ourselves in offering quality care solutions in Columbia and the surrounding areas.