Finding the Right Care for a Parent
Answer: Many caregivers mistakenly believe they only have two options: home care or a nursing home. In fact, there are many other options that are home-based, community-based or a combination of the two.
Common types of caregiving include hiring a care manager to coordinate services, contracting with a home care agency to provide meal delivery, or paying monthly fees at a continuing care community. You'll find essential information on costs and services provided in ThirdAge's Care Resources Factsheets.
Before searching for care, make a thorough assessment of the budget available to pay for care and of your parent's needs. Determine, for example, which types of daily activities your parent needs assistance or monitoring with, any physical or medical concerns that need to be addressed, and your parent's mental acuity and emotional state.
Respite care is a good option for caregivers who need a break to prevent burnout and reduce stress. It can involve anything from an hour's walk to a weeklong cruise. Adult day health centers are another source of temporary or part-time relief from caregiving duties. These facilities can offer medical care, therapy services, social activities and noon meals.