Caring for Seniors During the HolidaysTuesday, November 16, 2021
Helping Primary Caregivers with Daily Needs for Aging Seniors
The Benefits of Senior Care Centers for You and Your Loved One
Many adults who are in a primary caregiving role to an aging parent or loved one struggle during the holiday season. When you are responsible for another person's daily care-and they rely on you for their basic needs, companionship, and social support-it can be difficult to take any time for yourself to go shopping, visit friends and family members, or just have an afternoon to relax. If this situation is familiar to you, consider the benefits of the PACE program.
You may be familiar with an assisted living facility or nursing home, but are you wondering what a primary all-inclusive care center is? The first major difference is that, unlike an assisted living facility or nursing home, senior care centers are usually for the daytime only-not overnight-and they usually operate only on the weekdays. The PACE program in Cuyahoga County in particular gives eligible seniors a safe place to go and socialize during the day where they can also receive comprehensive medical care and support. Here are just a few things you should know when you are considering enrolling your loved one in a PACE care center:
Senior activities and care options vary based on the needs of your loved one. For example, if your loved one lives independently-with your support and care-they may benefit from spending several days a week at a PACE senior care center. To utilize a PACE senior care center, the senior must be found eligible for PACE and be enrolled in the PACE program.
PACE is an alternative to bringing your loved one along on a busy, stressful day of running errands.
In-town travel by car or other forms of public transportation can be extremely hard for an elderly senior, as well as his or her caregiver. Consider bringing your enrolled loved one to a safe and secure environment like a PACE senior care center while you fight for parking spots in slushy parking lots alone, rather than attempting to navigate the situation with your loved one in tow. You will have peace of mind that your loved one will be enjoying the experience at the center while you are gone, and you can avoid them potentially becoming overwhelmed, stressed, or even injured during holiday travel.
Your loved one will receive exceptional care and support from their very own centralized care team. The staff at PACE provides comprehensive services to meet your loved one's physical, mental, and emotional needs. PACE will likely be a better alternative to having to travel across town to various locations for appointments. At PACE, your entire care team is at one location, providing you with a more convenient and effective health care management strategy.
The holiday season offers many activities and experiences for seniors.
During the holidays, most senior care activity centers provide a wide selection of activities—from baking and crafts to carolers and community outings—that your loved one can enjoy while visiting for the day. These activities are not only entertaining, but they help provide mental stimulation and challenge dexterity-all things that may play a role in living a longer, healthier life.
If you have questions about the requirements for admission to McGregor PACE's adult day health centers or want to find out more about the all-inclusive care options, social activities, and physical activities, please reach out to our team. We are happy to provide more information.