Caring for the Caregiver Part 2

06-03-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For the past two weeks, we have been exploring some ideas of how 24/7 caregivers can work self-care time into their busy caregiving schedules. The first option discussed was asking a family member or friend to relieve the caregiver so that he/she can take a break. A variation of that option was presented – hiring someone to take care of the care recipient and getting reimbursed for up to $300 in a three-month period from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. A second option explored last week was to have friends come do activities with the care receiver or take him/her to lunch while the caregiver takes time for self-care.

A third option is to have the care receiver go to adult care center for the day or part of the day. There are several for profit organizations that provide care for adults in their centers located in Mesa. These centers often provide lunch, help with medications and have a nurse on staff. Attendees are encouraged to join in a variety of activities and socialize with each other. Some centers provide transportation. The per hour cost ranges from $12 to $15 per hour. Next week we'll look at in-home opportunities for self-care. More information can be found online by searching for adult daycare centers in Mesa, AZ.