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Options and Resources for Long-Term Caregiving

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Learn what options are available for long-term care and how much they const.

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Options and Resources for Long-Term Caregiving

  1. 1. Taking Care of SoMEone Else! Options for Long Term Care USC Family Caregiver Support Center Presented by: Donna Benton, Ph.D. http://fcscgero.org Toll free: 855-USC-6060 855-872-6060
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES √ Provide some insight to the caregiving dynamic √ Provide tips on finding services in your community
  3. 3. ASK YOURSELF Are PATIENCE, LOVE & HUMOR waning?
  4. 4. Demands of Family Caregiving • Caregiving can be “loving” or rewarding” • Caregiving can also be frustrating, exhausting, overwhelming, confusing • Caregivers report their health is poor to fair • Caregivers have higher incidences of stress, depression, anxiety
  5. 5. Step One Evaluate • Evaluate whether your parent needs constant supervision or assistance throughout the day and how this might be provided. • Determine which activities of daily living (such as eating, bathing, toileting) your parent can do independently. • Determine your comfort level for providing personal care such as bathing or changing an adult incontinence pad. • Evaluate your own health and physical abilities to help decide if you are able to provide care for your parent.
  6. 6. Step Two • Have a family meeting – Use an agenda – Involve everyone who helps – Take notes on decisions and actions – Consider a facilitator
  7. 7. Step Three • Explore the availability of services such as in-home care, adult day services, meal delivery, a friendly visitor program, • Investigate long-term arrangements and options if living with your parent will not work or is not your choice
  8. 8. Options for Living • Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) or Villages • Retirement Community • Residential Care Facility/Board and Care • Assisted Living Facility • Skilled Nursing • PACE • Continuing Care Retirement Community • Veteran Community
  9. 9. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RESOURCES • Eldercare Locator: www.eldercare.org • Administration on Aging: www.aoa.gov • Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving: www.caregiver.org • 5 Wishes-Aging with Dignity: www.agingwithdignity.org • AARP: www.aarp.org • National Family Caregiver Association: www.nfcacares.org • Well Spouse Foundation: www.wellspouse@aol.com • National Council on the Aging: www.ncoa.org
  10. 10. FIND SUPPORT FOR YOURSELF CLASSES AND GROUPS • Powerful Tools • Legal Workshops • Support Groups • Seminars & Events • Call a friend…
  11. 11. Contact USC FCSC • USC Family Caregiver Support Center – Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center – Family Caregiver Support Program – Work Family Coalition – Older Adult Counseling Center – USC Gerontology Program • 855-872-6060
  12. 12. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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