Home HealthCare Programs – Relief for Primary Caregivers
As a primary caregiver you understandably subordinate your needs 24/7 for your loved one and often realize, too late, that the schedule you are keeping has lead to physical and emotional exhaustion. In truth, the person who is terminally ill often suffers less stress and has better mental health than you, the caregiver.
It is imperative that you find some time away from the world of schedules, monitoring and medicating. Check your insurance policy, Medicare and other organizations in your area for sources of Home Healthcare Services to relieve you for a few hours a couple of times a week. Remember your role is not to be responsible for your loved one’s recovery.
Scope of Home Health Care
Care includes medical/nursing/rehab to help with dressings, medications as well limited physical therapy. Some organization offer homemaker services which help with cleaning and food preparation. Medicare Part A requires a physician’s statement that home care is appropriate and provides nursing care and physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Many hospices have instituted home health care programs independent of their hospice care. Suggested Reading: Comfort of Home, 3rd Ed. (2007), Maria Meyer and Paula Derr.
Sibling Care Giving
No family, large or small, gets along all the time with everyone. However, when it comes time to share responsibility/care giving for an aging parent, a divide can create total chaos. If your family is in this situation, you might want to consider the resources below.
Make it known to your adult children that no one has to forgive another’s prior behavior, but everyone can profit from sharing responsibility and acting as a cohesive unit (yes, there is always something an out-of-town sibling can do). If discord is escalating, consider a mediator who specializes in elderly care www.mediate.com.
Other websites: www.GenerationsUnite.com and www.carecentral.com to help families communicate and find care giving. Suggested Reading: They’re Your Parents, Too! (2010), Francine Russo and Stuck in the Middle (2008), Barbara McVicker.