Respite Care

  • Caring for an aging loved one can be a huge full-time responsibility, especially when you have other family, work, and personal obligations that command your attention. What happens when you need to run important errands, go to a business meeting at the office, take a vacation, or need a breather?

    If you are one of 40+ million Americans providing unpaid elder care, you understand the issues and challenges of being a primary caregiver. Thankfully, a professional resource is available to assist you.

    Respite care from a reputable home care agency, like Visiting Angels, can lend a helping hand when you cannot be with your senior loved one for a brief time.

What is Respite Care?

Respite care is short-term or temporary home care that provides much-needed relief or a break from a primary caregiver’s duties. Respite care helps families and primary caregivers who may need to leave briefly to work outside the home, take care of personal tasks, or manage other responsibilities.

Flexibility is one of the most significant benefits of respite care. You can usually schedule services for a few hours or overnight to a few days or longer. Professional caregivers can also perform in-home assistance routinely on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis.

You’ll also gain peace of mind knowing your loved one is in capable and experienced hands—even for a short time.

Respite Care Services

Visiting Angels realizes the positive difference short-term senior care can make. Professional and dedicated caregivers will take a flexible approach in planning and scheduling services to ensure you and your loved one receive the respite care you need.

In-home respite care from Visiting Angels can include a wide range of services, including companion care and personal care. Some of the most common tasks performed include:

Assistance with activities of daily living (such as dressing, grooming, and bathing)
Laundry
Light housekeeping
Meal preparation
Medication reminders
If your loved one requires specialized care, such as Alzheimer’s care and dementia care, Visiting Angels’ professional caregivers with expertise in these areas will provide support.

Visiting Angels’ respite care can also help reduce your risk of caregiver burnout without compromising the quality of in-home support your loved one receives.

What Is Caregiver Burnout?

If you provide care for a loved one without professional assistance, you may be at high risk of physical and mental exhaustion, often referred to as “caregiver burnout.” Symptoms of caregiver burnout include:

  • Feeling irritable, stressed, exhausted, or isolated
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Inability to keep appointments or manage responsibilities
  • Lack of motivation
  • Resentment toward your caregiving duties or your loved one
  • Unhealthy coping behaviors, such as drug or alcohol use, overeating, or not eating enough
  • Withdrawal from people and activities you used to enjoy

In-home respite care can substantially reduce your risk of burnout and make caring for your loved one more manageable. If you need to rest and recuperate, Visiting Angels can provide services while you focus on your well-being. If your daily or weekly caregiving routine has become overwhelming, Visiting Angels can perform regular respite visits to reduce your workload.

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