In Home Care During a Recession.
Creating a Team Approach.
Mary Alexander: Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care, and I am discussing how to provide in home care during a recession. Now, I am going to give you some ideas for creating a team approach to help your senior get care through tough financial times.
If you are the primary family caregiver and being stretched yourself, the first thing to do is ask for help. According to a national survey conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network 72% of adults who are currently providing care for an aging loved one, do it without any outside help.
To avoid stress and burnout you need to enlist the help of other family members, friends or consider hiring a professional care giving service for assistance without feeling bad or guilty for reaching out.
Asking for help is sometimes difficult, but there are four surefire ways to enlist support. One, give each person a responsibility, even if it's small. That will help spread out the tasks. If your siblings with a thousands miles away, make it his/her responsibility to call your elderly parent once a week to check in on them or visit them for a week or to each year to allow you to take your own family on vacation.
Two, divide up the tasks. Have a specific family member who handles the medical aspects of your relative's care, such as talking with doctors and medication information while another maybe responsible for grocery and meals and another, handles paying the bills.
By dividing up these tasks each person becomes more involved with the details and could keep each other abreast of changes, issues, and problems. Three, make sure to converse with other family members about your elderly relative. If you don't express your concerns such as their debilitating help or amount of time you are spending caring for them, you can't expect other family members to know what you're thinking and feeling.
Fourth, don't be a control freak! If you want to control every aspect of the care, other family members maybe less apt to step in, thinking you've it all under control. They will be less able to understand your stress level, if they believe you are creating it.
Another way to create a team approach and save money is through the greater community via bartering or trading of services. According to caring.
com, these services are often an extension of the kindnesses families, neighbors, and friends have traditionally done for each other without thinking about it. But in today's busy world formulizing such arrangements seem to serve everyone well. There is a host of new web services springing up such as BarterQuest which allows you to trade services and goods of all kinds.
A clothing trade sites swapstyle and Freecycle, a free for all for stuff of all kinds. Closer to the family model there is the trendy new concept of time banking. Using a website like timebanks.
org groups a people in a particular town or neighborhood can set up a time bank. Every time one member does a task for another, he earns timebank dollars. These can then be use to pay other members of the timebank to provide services.
Some ideas for time trades that could save your senior money include shopping or doing their errands in return for occasional kid watching, cooking, mending, pet sitting, or gardening care.
If you a long distance caregiver, do you have a compatible house or apartment? If so house trading is one of the fastest growing trends. With numerous websites devoted to connecting those who want to swap living arrangements. This might work for you when you want to visit your senior loved one and avoid the expense of hotel cost.
Bringing others on to your care giving team even if it's from outside your normal circle of family and friends can be very helpful during difficult financial times. Another good option is to be paid for your care giving services. We'd talk about that in the next video.