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Caregivers Need Help, Too

When you are the primary caregiver for an elder family member, sometimes you feel desperate, trying to manage work, family and your own needs. “It’s a very demanding job to have someone to take care of 24/7,” said Maureen, whose mother’s Alzheimer’s has progressed to a point where she needs 24-hour, 7-day-per-week supervision. “At one point I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

That’s when the Seniors Count Short Nursing Home Stay Initiative came into play. By partnering together and exploring options, a mechanism has been established by which the community is addressing caregiver needs for short stays in nursing homes, whether planned respite or emergency care. Maureen’s mom, Marie, now spends short periods of time at a nursing home when Maureen has to attend to other matters. She has spent as little as a few days and as long as 10 days, and according to Maureen, the program is definitely accommodating and can be used in an emergency or in order for a caregiver to have respite time for themselves. “The Short Nursing Home Stay Initiative is very valuable. I just referred someone to it,” said Maureen.

The Short Nursing Home Stay Initiative is just one example of how Seniors Count creates solutions that support the independence and well being of older people. Seniors Count is designed to ensure that each senior receives the help he or she needs in order to maintain their independence and to safely live out their lives with dignity and in the manner they choose.

Regulatory and policy barriers often impede access to short nursing home stays, but Seniors Count is identifying ways to meet this ever-growing critical need. Seniors Count is the catalyst pulling together partners such as Easter Seals, NH, Villa Crest Nursing & Retirement Center, Mt. Carmel Healthcare Center and the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services through the Seniors Count Short Nursing Home Stay Initiative.