Wednesday Workshop – 6 Ways to Arrange a Break from Caregiving
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Options for respite care range from informal agreements with friends and neighbors to formal contracts for services with an agency or onsite at a facility.
Here are six ways to arrange a break from caregiving:
1. Ask for Help from Family and Friends. When you sincerely ask a friend or family member for help, they will usually say yes and that means you get to take a well-deserved break! When approaching potential helpers, be specific about what’s required – and get a solid commitment about the days and times they’re available. This type of care is almost always free but it’s a good idea to either pay a small amount or to compensate family or friends informally with gas station or restaurant gift cards.
2. Try Companion Care. A companion can prepare meals, do light housekeeping, help with laundry, shop for groceries, run errands and, most importantly, offer friendship to your loved one when you can’t be there. Companion care can range from free services provided by local volunteers to $10.00 per hour for help arranged through an agency depending on the type of care needed and the time of day.
3. Hire a professional caregiver. In addition to providing light housekeeping and homemaking tasks – professional caregivers can help patients with bathing, dressing, toileting, and grooming. They can’t provide medical services, such as diabetes care, but they can help administer prescribed medications. Costs range from $15 to $40 per hour for intermittent help; $120 to $200 per day or more for live-in care.
4. Enroll in Adult Day Care Services. Adult daycare can provide some health monitoring, mind and body exercise, social activities, meals, transportation and other support services. Most offer a safe, supervised environment for patients as well as respite for regular caregivers. The cost ranges from $25 to $100 per day. It’s best to tour local adult day care centers to find the best fit for your loved one.
5. Assisted Living Respite Care. Many assisted-living facilities (also known as skilled nursing facilities) offer room and board for older adults who need help with everyday tasks. Time frames range from a partial day to several weeks. The stay allows residents and their family’s peace of mind, knowing that a caregiver is always close at hand. Many facilities offer hourly, half-day, full-day, overnight, or extended respite stays. Some facilities offer respite stays only when not at full capacity, and some don’t advertise their respite services openly, so you may need to do some investigating to find a local facility that offers the service.
6. Look into Veterans Options. The Veterans Administration (VA) offers a number of programs and support for veterans who are caring for their spouses – all designed to give the primary caregiver some help and time off. The VA provides qualified veterans with up to 30 days of respite care each year at home or through temporary placement of a veteran at a VA community living center or an adult day healthcare center. The services are generally free or offered for a minimal amount for qualifying veterans and their family members.
The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center can help you set up respite care.
To get started, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!