Caring for the elderly? Know your resources.posted by Brent Brown on March 18, 2019
If you’re caring for your older parents or other senior loved ones, it can be difficult to support their health and well-being on your own. But there are resources out there to help. Your Anthem Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can connect you with resources and referrals to help each of you live life to its fullest, including:
- In-home services are designed to help older adults stay in their own homes or in the homes of family members. Meals-on- Wheels programs, community transportation services for seniors, visitor programs, and access to home adaptive equipment may be available in your community at no or low cost to the family. Do an online search for aging, elderly or human services for information on programs and services for your area. You can also contact the Area Agency On Aging office nearest you.
- Senior communities can include residential care for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing care and memory care. Most residential options will require an assessment of the older person before they can be admitted to determine the care they need. Fees and payment sources for residential services vary greatly. Be sure to compare communities — and if you don’t want to commit to “buying” permanent placement for your loved one, many communities now offer rental options.
- Geriatric care managers can help you determine which resources and services are most appropriate for your loved one and which are local to your area. Geriatric care managers are available in most communities and usually charge for their services.
- Caregiver support groups can be found at many local hospitals and senior care facilities. Senior centers may also have information on local support groups.
- The Social Security Administration can answer questions about benefits and can automatically deposit payments into the
bank account of your loved one.
Source: Workplace Options. Providing care to older adults. (Reviewed 2017). Raleigh, NC: Author.