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MINDY KIM-MILLER, MD, PhD
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What’s the difference between adult day care and respite care services? I don’t really know anything about this disease and these places and I am taking care of a patient with a severe Alzheimer’s. I cannot afford assisted living; he is not on Medicare and Medicaid yet and very hard to look for a cheaper place with memory care unit. Please help me. I am on my own for right now and I don’t know how long I can handle this situation. I am getting tired. I can’t even enjoy my life. What’s the best thing for me to do?
It sounds like you are feeling overwhelmed by trying to provide care to your person by yourself. Caregiving is very stressful and challenging, and you need to find help and take care of yourself and your needs in order to provide good care to your care receiver. You should start by finding ways to reduce your stress level. LightBridge offers some tips on how to manage caregiver stress at http://www.lightbridgehealthcare.com/2048.xml.
You need to get help with the caregiving responsibilities. Contact your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to find out about resources and support networks in your area. Find out about local services and programs that can help lessen the burden of caregiving for elders or those with dementia. For example, Meals on Wheels offers assistance with meal services. Look for volunteer programs, such as Senior Companions, that can offer support.
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