Respite care can be a lifeline for family caregivers and their loved ones. This type of home care typically involves short-term or temporary caregiving visits. These visits make it possible for family caregivers to take time away from unpaid caregiving duties—without compromising the quality of care received by their loved ones.
Respite care is a support system for family caregivers. With other types of in-home care, professional caregivers perform the majority of caregiving duties. Respite services, meanwhile, are provided in cases where family caregivers are performing most of this work on their own. Respite care provides caregivers with temporary or ongoing breaks from their caregiving responsibilities, so they can attend to their own needs and other responsibilities.
If you’re one of the 40+ million Americans who acts as a family caregiver, respite care can make a world of difference. Family caregivers are at such a high risk of physical and mental exhaustion that the term “caregiver burnout” is now commonplace. Taking care of another shouldn’t come at the cost of your emotional and physical wellbeing. Respite care will ascertain that both the caregiver and the care recipient are happy and healthy.
Caregiver burnout is a state of fatigue or exhaustion caused by taking care of another person. This occurs when caregivers aren’t getting the help that they need or are taking on more than they emotionally and physically are capable of. This condition is accompanied by a variety of symptoms: loss of empathy, change in sleep patterns, becoming sick more frequently, loss of interest in personal hobbies and activities, trouble concentrating, and increase of anxiety and depression.
In-home respite care can substantially reduce your risk of burnout and make caring for your loved one more manageable. If you need time to rest and recuperate, Visiting Angels can provide care services to your loved one while you spend time caring for yourself. If the daily or weekly routine of caregiving has become overwhelming, we can perform regular respite visits to reduce your workload.
In addition to standard services like companion care and personal care, our local agencies offer a number of specialized services, including Alzheimer’s care and dementia care. If your loved one requires specialized care, respite visits can be provided by skilled caregivers with expertise in these areas.
Simply contact your local office to request a care consultation. We provide families with a free, no obligation consultation before starting with home care. This allows us to better understand the kinds of services you need. We can also answer any questions you have about our approach to caregiving.