Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

Hiring permanent in-home caregiver or moving your loved one to a nursing home community are big steps when a true decline in health has occurred. If you are seeking a more of a short-term care option for your loved one, adult daycare or respite care could be your solution.

These two solutions are closely related because they are both a temporary and time sensitive options for care. If you are a caregiver, this allows you to take some time to yourself without having to worry about the well-being of your loved one. While adult daycare and respite care are similar, they are also very different.

Adult daycare gives your loved one the opportunity to leave the home and be a part of a safe and lively environment. They are able to make friends and avoid feeling stagnant at home. This also allows you to be able to work during the day to continue supporting your loved one. SeniorAdvice.com outlines a few activities that are common in adult daycare including “discussion groups, painting, pottery, fitness programs, gardening, scheduled outings, music classes, puzzles, dancing, and educational classes.” The service of adult daycare allows seniors to have social connections and is usually financially affordable for families.

Respite care still allows you the opportunity to leave the home, but it doesn’t mean your loved one has to. Due to their health, they may not be very mobile or perhaps being at home is most comfortable for them. A nurse, doctor, dietician, or counselor comes and visits the home to provide medication, pain management monitoring, meals, hygiene, and simply companionship! If you need to travel or have other extenuating circumstances in your life, in-home respite care could provide you with a solution that allows your loved one to remain right where they are.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed by taking care of your loved one as you attempt to manage your own life, the solutions of adult daycare and respite care can alleviate the fear of leaving your loved one alone. These options are not only safe, but stimulating and beneficial to you as the caregiver.

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