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Older Adult Family Caregiver Respite Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Respite Care? Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks. Care can be provided at home, in a healthcare facility, or at an adult day center.

Why? Respite care for loved ones provides short-term breaks for caregivers that can relieve their stress, renew their energy and restore a sense of balance to their lives. Respite care provides a period of freedom from caregiving duties, while loved ones continue to receive the care they require in a safe, caring and professional environment.

Primary caregivers for an aging loved one, may experience some form of stress or burnout. It’s natural for caregivers to become so involved in taking care of someone else that they tend to allow their own needs to get put aside. The problem is- if the caregiver becomes ill or hospitalized then who will be taking care of their loved one?

Caregiver burnout can be associated with serious health issues including depression, and yet burnout is still not recognized as a real health issue in the eyes of many caregivers. Families and communities need to develop sustainable care plans that do not just rely on a single individual.

Respite care will also allow the caregiver to maintain their own lives; to run errands, see their own doctors, participate in social activities, and possibly attend support groups with other caregivers.

Even when caregivers do recognize their need for respite, they might not seek it. For many, it’s hard to carve out the time or money to arrange respite care.

Who Provides Respite? Respite services may be provided in many different formats, home health agencies, community agencies, friend, family, Adult day services and skilled care communities.

Respite care can be as simple as a caregiver accepting offers of help from friends and other family members. Respite care can be certain days of the week scheduled when their loved one is at Adult Day Services. The length of respite care can be as little as 15 minutes to multiple days or weeks. Respite services in a long-term care community can be scheduled if the caregiver must be out of town for an extended period or is having medical procedures done and needs extended recovery time.

Respite care should not be considered a luxury or a weakness, but a necessity for the well-being of the both the caregivers and their aging loved ones.

AgeSmart Community Resources has a participant directed Respite Program that reimburses caregivers up to $100 a month to pay for respite services. Caregivers chose the people/agencies they want to provide respite services and determine the amount the Respite Providers are paid. Caregivers submit a Verification of Services form to AgeSmart at the end of the month and funds are safely reimbursed through electronic deposit to the caregiver. To qualify for the Respite Program, caregivers and care receivers must live in the same household, care receivers must be over the age of 60, younger if they have early onset dementias, and be assessed by the Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses Services for Seniors before starting the program. All persons providing Respite Care for the Caregiver cannot live in the same household.

For more information about AgeSmart’s Respite program please contact Chris or Melanie at 618-222-2561, cfulton@agesmart.org or mobrien@agesmart.org.

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MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: ARE YOU READY

                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicare open enrollment is October 15-December 7th. It is time to compare plans, and make sure you have the right health and prescription drug coverage for you. Stay with your current plan if you are happy with it. Or look for a new one with better coverage, higher quality, and lower costs.

If you need help with comparing your coverage you can contact a local Senior Health Insurance Counselor (SHIP) for FREE, UNBIASED, & CONFIDENTIAL assistance. The SHIP Counselor is a person who volunteers to objectively counsel Medicare Beneficiaries, their caregivers or representatives who have problems and/or questions with Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare managed care or long-term care insurance. The SHIP counselors near you are:

Bond County
Bond County Senior Center 618-664-1465

 

Clinton County
Clinton County Senior Center 618-594-2321
OFACIL 618-244-9212

 

Madison County
Collinsville Faith in Action 618-344-7788
Collinsville Senior Center 618-344-7787
Edwardsville Twsp 618-656-0232
The Oasis Institute 1-800-633-4227
Senior Services Plus 618-465-3298

 

Monroe County
Waterloo Senior Center 618-939-8880
LINC 618-282-2123

 

Randolph County
Chester Senior Center 618-826-5108
Sparta Senior Center 618-443-4020

 

St. Clair County
AgeSmart 618-222-2561
HealthVisions-ESTL 618-271-7000
Senior Services Plus (SWIC Programs and Services for Older Persons) 618-234-4410 Ext: 7028

 

Washington County
Washington Co. Senior Services 618-243-6533
OFACIL 618-244-9212

 

Still waiting for your new Medicare Card?
Your new Medicare card should have arrived in the mail by now. If you didn’t get it here is what to do next:
• Look around the house for any old or unopened mail. Your Medicare card will come in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services.
• If you still can’t find it, call 1-800-MEDICARE. Call center representatives can help you check your address and fix it if needed.
• In the meantime, user your current Medicare card to get health care services.

 

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