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 employed.
- Durable medical equipment such as
bath benches, safety bars, raised toilet seats or portable
- ID or medical alert bracelets
especially for those with dementia or chronic medical
- 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 and0the0care receiver.
- Personal care attendant0to
accompany0the caregiver and their loved one to weddings,
reunions, meetings or parties.
- 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.
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