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How do I find temporary respite care for my mom while we go on vacation?

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I am looking for a place to place my mother, while we go on vacation for a week. She has been living with us for over three years and I would rather not leave her alone all day. My son will be home in the evening. She is capable of moving around, making herself something to eat, etc.

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Many nursing homes will do respite care. My understanding is that medicare will pay for 2 wks of respite.
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Also check into adult day care facilities. My MIL went to one and it was not terribly expensive and she enjoyed it and my SIL got a couple of days respite each week
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There are lots of helpful answers here. Just wanted to add: The website care.com has listings of people who care for elderly (as well as children).
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Check with your local Office of the Aging. Some, not all of these government organizations, have access to respite care that you can utilize.

There are restrictions, however. You have to live in the area and you also are only allowed to use the respite care for a certain amount of time during the course of the year.

I checked this out once and I believe that a local nursing home would take a loved one for a period of 5 days at a time, but then you had to wait 6 months before they did it again under the 'Caregiver Respite' program.
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She might really enjoy staying in the 'respite' apartment at an asst. living facility though. She'd have people to visit with and activities if she wanted to do that. Find a good one with lots of stuff to do for old people though. Maybe her grandson could use a 'vacation' too you know.
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Contact a school of nursing. Students often receive extra credit for taking care of Seniors. Ask for references and copies of their Abuse and criminal checks.
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Given that your mom sounds pretty capable and your son will be in the house overnight, I'd look for a 'sitter' rather than actual respite care (which provides a lot of services it sounds like your mom does not need). Or, check into day programs in your county. Where I live there are several senior centers that have programs all day and serve lunch. The fee is really low (something like $50 a year to belong to the "senior club" and lunch is a few more dollars a day). We also have a senior transport system that is very reasonably priced and offers door-to-door transportation. And, if she enjoys it, it might be something she wants to do regularly after you've come home.
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A hospital in my town keeps a list of employees who want to elder sit on the side. You might be able to hire one of them for 2-3 days and then switch to another for 2-3 days more so you can go out of town. The advantage to this is they are already background checked, trained and work cheaper than most agencies for the same level of care. I have used them in the past for just daily errands, a short hospitalization and day trips which would be a good way to see if they are a good fit for your elder. Your Area Agency on Aging is also a good place to start. Background checks can be done by on-line services for around $10-15 each or you can just call your local police department and they might be able to help.
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A friend in need is a friend in deed. Look to your church family, assuming you are of a faith or seek an assist with your circle of friends. Home health agencies or home care agencies will be glad to provide you a short term service for a fee. You may also check for a "baby sitter". We had a lady that provide daily service, lot cheaper than all the other options. She was great. Check out individual free lance service very closely.
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The Council on Aging in our town has a list of providers who will work with the elderly. The people on the list have references to call, but you must do your own background checks. The providers list the tasks they are willing to take on. One might be willing to sit with the elderly as a companion, while others will prepare light meals, clean, read, help with dressing or baths, run errands, grocery shopping, etc. It is a wonderful resource and the council always have copies available for pick up. This is not a free service, so you have to negotiate the fee with the provider when you call. Wishing you a happy vacation.
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