RESPITE CARE – A MUST FOR CARE GIVERS

As the single parent years ago, I remember clearly the feeling that I have when the kids went back to school after a VERY long summer holiday getaway. The truth is that by the end of the summer I was very much “over” the care giving responsibilities, and my behavior about the kids probably showed it. I would often go in towards bedroom, shut the door, and tell any of the kids of which knocked on the door that I was on strike plus wasn’t sure when I would be ending my “strike”. Next came my version of “respite care” — your offspring went back to school. For 5 or 6 hours a day I got a prospect and I didn’t need to go on strike nearly as much.

Because I am older and my wife and I have had the privilege to be a caregiver to both my father and mother, I realize the importance of owning some time away from those responsibilities as well. Taking care of an older parent or spouse can be a heart wrenching and trying practical knowledge in the best of circumstances. Not only do you have the emotional shock of seeing your loved one decline mentally and physically, and you also must deal with the increasingly demanding day-to-day wants they have like feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, etc .

I will not belabor the need for respite care. If you are taking care of an older people parent or spouse there is no doubt that you need a break from those people responsibilities. The problem becomes how to find and choose the right respite care and attention resources in your community. First we’ll go in to how to find various programs, and then deal with the possibly more difficult problem showing how to pay for what you do find.

For an an hour or two:

In addition to the obvious solution of asking family and friends to have over for brief periods, there are also private agencies that should send a care at home Preston for an hour or a whole day. Browse for “in home care giving” and you will get an understanding of just how many agencies there are that specialize in this type of not permanent care. A lot of times you can find a private individual who is willing to deliver services for your loved one for a little less money. A good source of finding qualified caregivers is to go through a local Community Institution that offers Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training. They may currently have past or current students looking for work. Private consumers charge $10 to $15 per hour and for the institutions, expect to pay in the $15 to $20 per hour assortment.