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Top 10 Ways for Caregivers to Spend
By Kris Maxham, Staff Writer
Many caregivers grapple with
financial choices that can allow them to continue
providing care, support their loved oneís needs and keep
them safe. Here are some actual ways that caregivers
have wisely invested their dollars:
An Adult Day Program to support the care receiver and
allow the caregiver some respite or the ability to stay
Durable medical equipment such as bath benches, safety
bars, raised toilet seats or portable commodes.
ID or medical alert bracelets especially for those with
dementia or chronic medical conditions.
A personal emergency response system (PERS) to summon
help when the caregiver is out of the home.
Home delivered meals to support the nutritional needs of
both the caregiver and the care receiver.
Personal care attendant0to accompany0the caregiver and
their loved one to weddings, reunions, meetings or
Weekly house-keeping services and chore services for
lawn care, snow removal and repairs.
Personal wandering alarm or home or door alarms to
support the safety of a loved one who may wander.
A lawyer to assist with questions, prepare legal papers
and get personal affairs in order.
Use of in-home or group respite programs to allow time
for personal needs or time to attend a local caregiver
support and education group.
There are many options available to support the role of
the caregiver. Spending dollars where they will matter
the most can be the key to a caregiverís capacity to
endure and to the well-being of the care receiver.