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This Week's Carenote - 2/25/14
I am my dad's caregiver. This summer,
my family and I are planning a 10-day trip to Hawaii, but my dad won't be
able to come. He doesn't fly. I really don't want someone coming to my house
to take care of him because I have a hard time trusting people coming into my
house. I've heard horror stories about some caregivers. I was wondering if
there is a place I could take him for those 10 days.
Shared by: Darren Wendroff
Hi Kathy, if you're in Orlando, there is a site
called CareSpotter where you can view profiles of hundreds of local
caregivers to find the right caregiver for your loved one. All the
caregivers have background checks and have been interviewed and screened.
They are launching throughout Florida, but for now it's only in Orlando.
Shared by: Carolyn
The solution may be respite care in a facility such as assisted living. You
can get more info. and search for respite providers at archrespite.org
Your local Area Agency on Aging may also be able to point you to facilities
in your area.
Shared by: Ellen
I have found that most long term care facilities offer
respite care for a fee.
Shared by: Kemi Samo
I do agree with you about some of the horror stories
you have heard regarding some caregivers. Caregivers who abuse their patients,
are those who just do the job to make money. They have no compassion in their
hearts for others, or for those who are helpless and who did not choose to be
in the helpless situations they are in.
But, with that being said Kathy, there are still good, loving,
and caring caregivers out there who are in it to give hope and courage to the
helpless and to relieve the burden of their families as well.
When I care for my patients, I carry out my responsibility the
way I know God, would want me to do it as if He (God) was standing right there
watching me. I believe in the saying do unto others as you will them to do to
you. Anyone born of a woman, who maltreats the elderly, surely has no elders
in his/her family and that person never plans to grow old someday.
Kathy, before you take your loved one to any home, make sure you
do your homework well. Some nursing homes are horrible as well. I wish you the best.
Shared by: Pat
You don't say how much care he requires, but I suggest
looking into what's called a respite stay at an assisted living facility in
your area. If he needs hands on help with bathing and dressing, etc., you may
be able to arrange for a nursing home stay. Your local Area Agency on Aging
should be a great place to help you find resources. If you don't know about
them, you can find them through eldercare.gov or by calling 1-800-677-1116.
Best of luck and have a wonderful trip!
Shared by: Joseph Salvemini
Some health care facilities have Respite Centers which
may acommodate your needs. Check with your local Nursing Home or Assisted
Care facility to find out more.
Shared by: Bette
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for a
list of respite facilities, many of which are in nursing homes or
rehabs. They each have their own criteria, but you will be able to
find one which will take your dad for a few days to a couple of weeks.