Do you need a break from Care-giving?

Image result for image of reliefDo you need a break from Care-giving??

Caregivers face many conflicts…balancing work, family life, and personal time (and their own health and well-being) with care-giving. It isn’t unusual for caregivers to cancel summer vacation plans due to care-giving duties or worries over what will happen if they’re gone.

There is one great solution for the caregiver vacation dilemma…respite care! But, many caregivers don’t know where to find respite care, how it works or how to make it work smoothly for a worry-free (relatively, at least) vacation.

What is respite care?

Very simply, respite care is substitute care provided to give primary caregivers a break (or respite). This can be provided in a variety of ways–at a care facility, at home or at an adult day care center–on a regular basis as a routine break or for specified periods of time. When the term respite care is used it usually refers to professional caregivers, but of course family and friends can also help provide respite care. Some support groups also arrange free respite care so that you are able to attend and facilities or services may provide temporary respite such as a “caregiver’s day out”.

Who offers respite care and how much will it cost?*

Home care companies**: estimated: $20-26/hour depending on location, needs and services.Best for: Those who wish to stay in the comfort of home, clients with Alzheimer’s/dementia (routine/familiarity), clients with visual impairment (familiar/properly arranged environment).

 Assisted Living or Nursing Facilities: $100+/day ranging through $400+ for nursing care. Best for: Cost-effective option for several days/weeks or more; typically includes meals, activities and a number of services; a good option as a trial for how a care facility may work out long-term. Each organization has their own regulations so it’s good to call/meet in advance. This usually takes some planning.

Adult Day Care Facilities (day programs may be provided by your county, specific organizations, private adult day care centers or within a care facility): $60-100/day (with subsidies available)Best for: Daytime respite for short breaks or when family/other caregivers can cover the evenings

PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR YOU:

Geriatric Care Managers:  Contact the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers @ www.aginglifecare.com  to find an LCSW that can oversee the entire process, visit your loved one as often as you what, attend doctors appointments etc, while you are taking a break .

Will I really be able to take a vacation and have any peace of mind?

Admittedly, this can be difficult and requires some mental (and literal) preparation. If you can do a test run, that helps a lot. You should also download our respite care checklist to set yourself up for success. Go to www.theeasyliving.com/ respite care- checklist to download.

If you are feeling guilty or too stressed to enjoy yourself, consider talking to someone (support group, counselor, minister, friend) about your feelings. The reality is that everything may not go perfectly, but it works out fine 90% of the time…99% of the time when you’ve tested it out and done some key preparation. A break can help you to be a better caregiver, so don’t think of this as something just for you.

Tip: Caregivers should almost always purchase travel insurance. That way if anything comes up and you do not feel like you can go on your trip, you will not lose the money (check terms and conditions). Your credit card may offer insurance on purchases and specific entities (airlines and tour companies) offer it as well as trip insurance companies. For more extensive travel (trips with multiple destinations or overseas) one of the benefits of a good travel agent is personalized assistance if you need to make changes or encounter problems.

 

 

 

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