A family friend recently visited for dinner. She is 40-something, and she takes care of her mother who is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. She’s had this responsibility for years now, and it may go on for years to come.
Her story of this responsibility was heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time. We couldn’t help but admire her for what she is going through.
Respite care is a form of caregiver assistance that is absolutely essential to prevent burnout from this responsibility. It is also one of those services that is not well publicized.
Respite care involves having either someone come to the care receiver’s home or having the care receiver go to an older adult center or adult day care program so that the caregiver can have a break. Respite is not just for relaxation, although that is also needed. Caregivers need to be able to run errands without looking at their watch, worried about getting back as fast as possible. They need to be able to go to doctor and dentist appointments with a calm mind.
Does your home meet your future livability requirements as you age? Use this checklist to determine whether you need to make changes or even consider moving to a more suitable home.
Source: AARP (2011)
If you’re worried about somebody’s driving because of their age, you ought to know about this. Carfit’s tagline is “Helping Mature Drivers Find Their Safest Fit.”
It is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them.
The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.
Grief can create some very uncomfortable situations and relationships. Here are some tips from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors for helping your friends who are grieving:
Help your friends by allowing them to express their feelings and encouraging them to turn to friends, family members, or their religious or spiritual leaders and/or join a bereavement group for support. Be sure to remind them to take care of their own health during this time. Also follow these guidelines: