Sunday, February 1, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Found: Pretty white medium female dog, Jan. 11, in Homeplace Subdivision, Adkins, has black spot over eye, very friendly and sweet, misses owner, must find home, cannot keep. 210-649-1886.
If you are missing a pet in Floresville, be sure to check the Floresville holding facility. Animals are only kept for 3 days. Contact Las Lomas K-9 Rescue, 830-581-8041.
Grandmother lost her gold wedding band, possibly around Whataburger/DialysisCenter in Floresville. After losing my grandfather, she is completely heartbroken over this. If you find anything, PLEASE contact me 210.313.7092
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Mission Road Ministries is a nonprofit organization serving more than 825 children and adults with intellectual & other developmental disabilities each day with residential, day services and vocational programs in San Antonio, Texas helping clients reach independence, productivity and inclusion in the community. Seeking Residential Care Professionals for our Children and Adult Programs; FT, PT.  $8-$10.25/hr. depending on experience and education.  Must be at least 21 years of age; pass background check and drug testing.  Interviews every week. Call for an appointment, 210-924-9265.
CDL Driver needed for local delivery in Kenedy location, must have Class B CDL with hazmat endorsement, hours are Mon.-Fri., 8-5:30 and occasional Saturdays until noon. Company offers sick pay, vacation, and benefits package. Apply in person at 3-D Welding Supply at either Kenedy or Floresville location.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Savvy Senior


Tips, support services for caregivers




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
Jim Miller is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
Jim Miller
February 19, 2014 | 1,398 views | Post a comment

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources do you recommend that offer help to caregivers? I’ve been taking care of my 82-year-old mother, and it’s wearing me to a frazzle.

Exhausted Daughter

Dear Exhausted,

Taking care of an elder loved one over a period of time can be incredibly taxing, both physically and mentally. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and services you can turn to that can help lighten the load. Here are several to consider.

Assemble a care team: A good first step is to put together a network of people (family, friends, and even neighbors) that you can call on to help out when you can’t be there or need a break.

Tap local services: Most communities offer a range of free or subsidized services that help seniors and caregivers by providing things like home delivered meals, transportation, senior companion services, and more. Also, look into respite services (see respitelocator.org) that can provide short-term care to your mom so you can take some time off. Your Area Agency on Aging (call 1-800-677-1116 for contact information) can refer you to services available in your community.

Use financial aids: If you’re handling your mom’s financial chores, make things easier by arranging direct deposit for her income sources, and set up automatic payments for her utilities and other routine bills.

If you need help, hire a professional daily money manager (aadmm.com, 877-326-5991) who can come in once or twice a month to pay bills, make deposits, decipher health insurance statements, and balance her checkbook. They charge $25 to $100 per hour. Or, if your mom is low-income, a similar service is offered by AARP (aarpmmp.org) in select communities for free.

Benefitscheckup.org is another excellent resource you should use to look for financial assistance programs for lower-income seniors.

Get insurance help: If you have questions about Medicare, Medicaid, or long-term care, your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a great resource that provides free counseling on all these issues. Call 1-800-633-4227 or visit shiptalk.org to locate a nearby counselor.

You can also get help online at medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver.html, and through the Medicare Rights Center, which staffs a hotline at 1-800-333-4114 to help answer questions.

Use technology: If your mom lives alone, consider renting her a medical alert device, which is a small pendent-style “SOS” button that she wears, that would allow her to call for help if she falls. These are available through companies like lifelinesys.com and lifefone.com for about $1 per day. Or, check out home monitoring systems at mylively.com, beclose.com or grandcare.com.

There are also a number of great websites you can draw on for caregiving information and support like aarp.org/caregiving, caregiver.org and caring.com, along with alz.org/care, alzheimers.gov, and thiscaringhome.org for caregivers of dementia patients. And, if you’re sharing care responsibilities with others, sites like lotsahelpinghands.com, caresolver.com, and caringbridge.org can help you coordinate together.

Hire help: Depending on your mom’s needs and budget, you may want to hire a part-time “home-care aide” that can help with things like preparing meals, doing laundry, bathing or dressing, or if she needs health care services, a “home health aid.” Costs can run anywhere from $12 up to $40 per hour depending on where you live and the qualification of the aide. To find someone, ask for referrals through friends, doctor’s offices or hospital discharge planners, or visit medicare.gov/homehealthcompare.

If you need additional guidance, consider hiring a geriatric care manager (caremanager.org) who can help you manage and facilitate your mom’s care. Care managers generally charge between $100 and $200 per hour.

Take care of yourself: Make your own health a priority. Being a caregiver is a big job that can cause emotional and physical stress and lead to illness and depression. The only way you can provide the care your mother needs is to make sure you stay healthy.

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show and author of The Savvy Senior. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org.
 
« Previous Blog Entry (February 12, 2014)
 


Your Opinions and Comments

Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Savvy Senior

Resource Links savvy senior
Savvy Senior blog bio side
Voncille Bielefeld homeWilson's Auto ChooserDrama KidsSacred Heart SchoolHeavenly Touch homeChester WilsonBlue Moon Karaoke & DJEast Central Driving SchoolAllstate & McBride RealtyTriple R DC Experts

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.