When caring for an elderly loved one, there inevitably comes a time when you need a break from your caregiver duties. Caring for a senior can be a very difficult responsibility, especially if you have a job and are responsible for keeping your household together. You may have children, which is a full-time job in itself.
It’s sometimes difficult to recognize that everyone including YOU needs quality of life. As they say on the airlines, put the oxygen mask on you before assisting others. That’s a great metaphor for caring for the senior in your life. You need to keep rejuvenated so that you have the energy to properly and lovingly take care of them. So how do you get that needed break from caring for the one or two seniors in your life?
Well, there are options. You might be fortunate enough to have another family member able and willing to temporarily relieve you of your responsibilities. For most people, that is just not possible. As you know, properly taking care of seniors requires more than a spare room. It requires patience, intimate knowledge of their personal and medical needs, and their trust of the person providing their daily care.
A popular option for care giver relief is adult day programs. Such programs will provide care for your loved one during the day allowing you to focus on other aspects of your household or to leave your home with the peace of mind that they are being well cared for.
Adult day care programs can be utilized on a daily basis or as needed. When looking for a suitable facility consider the following questions:
- What activities will your senior be allowed to participate in during the day?
- What type of meal will they be served? A hot lunch or just wraps/sandwiches?
- Will they be assisted with bathing if needed or desired by you?
- What initiatives will the facility take to socialize your loved one?
- Last, but certainly not least, what is the cost?
Southwinds provides an adult day program that specializes in giving the caregiver relief during the day. We do so by providing a hot meal for lunch, and even provide a meal to take home with you when you leave. We assist with bathing and make sure that they are involved in social activities throughout the entire day.
The cost for our program is very low. In fact. It is lower than most child day care facilities. Our program runs 5 days a week and our hours are from 8AM til 5PM. You would be welcome to bring in your senior for a day to try it out for free. Please feel free to call us with any questions by calling us at (845) 341-1888.