Those who care for elderly family members and loved ones face a difficult task, one made even more difficult when they have to care for their own children as well. In this position, caregivers can become exhausted and burnt out.
As an experienced elder lawyer in Crossville, Tennessee, I often give my clients information on respite care and adult day care facilities, which can give them some breathing room to recharge.
Respite care normally comes from family members, trusted friends, or even professional caregivers. This gives the caregiver a chance to tend to other responsibilities (even if that responsibility is simply some rest) which in turn allows them to have more time to provide better care later on.
This can look like many things, from medication assistance, meal prep, assistance with personal care, and so on. If you don't have any close friends or family who can help, there are agencies we can refer you to who provide respite caregivers. Just make sure they are fully licensed and insured with a good reputation.
Adult day care is an organized program that offers more care options for seniors. The care centers handle all services that would be provided by respite care and serve as a great place for seniors to socialize and participate in group activities. They usually are only equipped to handle medication dispersal and physical therapy as prescribed.
The problem people often face comes from the cost of the programs, though there are long-term insurance options and government assistance programs if you need financial aid. Once again, it's important to research the facility and make sure they have a good reputation.
Want to learn more about respite care or adult day care centers in our area? Give us a call at 931-250-8585 or take a look at our senior resources page here.