Helping Parents Age At Home: Top-3 Senior Care Tips
More than 3 out of 4 Americans age 50 and older want to “age in place,” according to the AARP’s 2018 Home and Community Preferences Survey. And that desire to grow old in the home or community we love increases as we age. The AARP’s United States of Aging Survey indicated that approximately 90% of seniors age 65 and older intended to continue living in their current homes for the next 5 to 10 years.
To make that happen, family caregivers will need to step up, and Always Best Care Madison is here to help. Read on for our top-3 senior care tips for family members transitioning into the role of informal caregiver, and find out all about free senior care resources in Madison, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas.
Understand Mom and Dad’s Care Needs
Providing too much or too little in the way of senior care is a big problem. The former wastes time, money, and ups your risk of caregiver burden; the latter puts mom or dad in danger.
Unfortunately, truly understanding the care needs of a parent or loved one is rarely as easy as asking. Sometimes stubborn pride stops parents asking for the help they need, other times they simply don’t know that help is available (e.g. new assistive technologies). And though most Wisconsonites will act as caregivers in their lifetime, few are senior care experts, and so the signs and symptoms of unmet needs often go ignored.
For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you book a free senior care consultation with Always Best Care Madison. Whether or not you choose to arrange your senior care services through us, this meeting will give you the opportunity to construct a custom care profile for your loved one that identifies their various wants, needs, and budgetary constraints. Even if our senior care service isn’t right for you, we’d like to help you better understand mom and dad’s care needs, and send you on your way with some helpful resources.
Make Time for Self-Care
The health risks of caregiver burden are real. Remember: your mental, physical, and emotional health matters, both for you and the quality of your loved one’s care. While creating your senior care plan, make sure you schedule plenty of time for self-care, particularly if you’re juggling a career and family of your own.
One of the best ways to make time for self-care is by taking advantage of respite care services. Always Best Care Madison offers respite in the form of flexible and fully customized senior care services, available 24/7 with no long-term contract obligations. We can build a senior care plan to fit any budget, and consultations are completely free. Visit the link at the end of this post to learn more.
Consider Your Eligibility for Statewide Family Caregiver Programs in Madison, Wisconsin
Caregiver support programs are available in most communities. For example:
- The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), which supports informal family caregivers. This program prioritizes the delivery of services to low-income families and older adults with dementia, but it’s open to all. Madison, Wisconsin families may benefit from caregiver support groups; individual counseling to deal with depression and stress; senior care training; temporary respite services; assistance with adaptive equipment installations and home modifications, and more. You can read more on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.
- The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program (AFSCP), which is similar to the NFCSP, but specifically targets people with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease diagnoses. Families may benefit from respite care, household services, specialized clothing for people with dementia, home safety modification, caregiver education classes, caregiver counseling services, and more.
To learn about what programs you can qualify for, contact your local aging and disability resource center (ADRC) or visit the Always Best Care Madison website.
Wisconsin’s ADRCs provide free, unbiased information and referrals to in-home care providers, respite services, and other senior care resources near you. They can also direct families to legal professionals, financial planners, and more.
In addition to providing custom senior care and respite services, Always Best Care Madison can help connect you to local care resources, assisted living facilities, and ADRCs, and also provide further information about your family caregiver program eligibility. Call 608-315-2378 to start a free care consultation and get your questions answered.
Get In Touch with Always Best Care in Madison, Wisconsin
Always Best Care Madison proudly serves Madison, WI and the surrounding areas.
Call 608-315-2378 or visit the Always Best Care Madison website to book your free care consultation with a member of our team.