Tips and Support Services for Family Caregivers

As Geriatric Care Managers in South Florida, we are able to help families locate and acquire a variety of resources they may need to care for an aging loved one in need of long-term care. The following article offers many tips for finding help so that as a caregiver, you have the support you need as well. Thanks for visiting us at Advocare, providing senior care assistance for area residents in North Palm Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

Taking care of an elder loved one over a period of time can be incredibly taxing, both physically and mentally. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and services you can turn to that can help lighten the load. Here are several to consider.

1. Assemble a care team: A good first step is to put together a network of people (family, friends and even neighbors) that you can call on to help out when you can’t be there or need a break.

2. Tap local services: Most communities offer a range of free or subsidized services that help seniors and caregivers by providing things like home delivered meals, transportation, senior companion services and more. Also, look into respite services that can provide short-term care to your mom so you can take some time off. Your Area Agency on Aging (call 800-677-1116 for contact information) can refer you to services available in your community.

3. Use financial aids: If you’re handling your mom’s financial chores, make things easier by arranging direct deposit for her income sources and set up automatic payments for her utilities and other routine bills.

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