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The Benefits of Respite Care

The Benefits of Respite Care

Unlike formal caregivers, who receive payment to provide care for someone in need, family caregivers are unpaid persons who assist with the care of another family member. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, (NAC), the number of Americans providing unpaid care has significantly increased over the last five years. The NAC estimates that nearly 53 million Americans are informal caregivers to at least one adult with health or functional needs.

While there are many benefits to providing care for an aging loved one, there are also negative consequences to being an informal caregiver. Informal caregivers can quickly become burnt out, especially when they have little to no support. There’s a great burden of stress that the family caregiver carries, in addition to their own work and personal responsibilities. Being a family caregiver can lead to a decline in your own health. The NAC shares that 23 percent of informal caregivers stated caregiving has made their own health worse.

Fortunately, family caregivers don’t need to carry the full burden of caregiving by themselves. Home care companies, such as Visiting Angels Beaver Dam, exist to support family caregivers. One such service we can provide is respite care. If you are family caregiver in need of a break, here are four benefits of respite care.

Gives Family Caregivers a Break

Respite care provides short-term relief for family caregivers. Many family caregivers take on too much work, leading them to experience caregiver burn out. They are guilty of overlooking their own needs and taking time for self-care. Respite care allows family caregivers to step away so that they can rest and recharge. It helps family caregivers maintain their own identity, while adding more balance to their lives.

Supports the Family Caregiver in Their Role

Respite care also supports the family caregiver in their role as a caregiver. Professional caregivers understand the challenges of providing care for a senior. They also receive exceptional training on how to provide care. The professional caregiver can give family caregivers tips and tricks to help them on their caregiver journey. They are there to listen not only to their client, but to the family caregiver as well. Home care companies who provide respite care also support family caregivers through connecting them to support groups, sharing resources, or offering a word of encouragement.


Allows Care Recipient to Maintain Dignity

Another benefit of respite care is that it allows the care recipient to maintain their dignity. It can be difficult for an aging loved one to allow their family member to assist with personal care tasks, such as bathing. It can also be disheartening to rely so heavily upon another family member for everyday tasks. Respite care allows seniors to maintain their dignity. The respite caregiver can assist with a shower, allowing the senior to maintain some personal boundaries. In addition, the senior receives the benefits of social interaction when their family can’t be present. Respite care can be scheduled when family is not able to provide care so that there’s no risk of social isolation for the senior.

A Great Way to Transition to Full-Time Care

Finally, respite care is a great way for seniors and the family caregiver to transition to full-time care. There may come a time when the care needs of an aging loved one are too challenging for the family caregiver. Seniors who are familiar with professional caregivers through respite care have an easier transition to full-time care. Respite care can serve as a trial run. If your aging loved one is reluctant to receive home care, they may agree to try respite care instead.

Visiting Angels Beaver Dam believes that family caregivers deserve a break. We recognize the value family caregivers play in the lives of their aging loved ones. We also understand that being a family caregiver can be exhausting. If you’re feeling burnt out, allow us to give you the respite you need. We offer respite care on an hourly basis so that you can establish the frequency and scope of care that bests meet your needs. Our senior home care services are flexible. Should your loved one’s care needs change in the future, we can expand our role to include companion care, personal care, or even dementia care. We can also establish a relationship with your loved one prior to an upcoming vacation, so that you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and well. To learn more or to sign up for respite care, please contact us today by calling 920-821-1111.

Unlike formal caregivers, who receive payment to provide care for someone in need, family caregivers are unpaid persons who assist with the care of another family member. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, (NAC), the number of Americans providing unpaid care has significantly increased over the last five years. The NAC estimates that nearly 53 million Americans are informal caregivers to at least one adult with health or functional needs.


While there are many benefits to providing care for an aging loved one, there are also negative consequences to being an informal caregiver. Informal caregivers can quickly become burnt out, especially when they have little to no support. There’s a great burden of stress that the family caregiver carries, in addition to their own work and personal responsibilities. Being a family caregiver can lead to a decline in your own health. The NAC shares that 23 percent of informal caregivers stated caregiving has made their own health worse.

Fortunately, family caregivers don’t need to carry the full burden of caregiving by themselves. Home care companies, such as Visiting Angels Beaver Dam, exist to support family caregivers. One such service we can provide is respite care. If you are family caregiver in need of a break, here are four benefits of respite care.

Gives Family Caregivers a Break

Respite care provides short-term relief for family caregivers. Many family caregivers take on too much work, leading them to experience caregiver burn out. They are guilty of overlooking their own needs and taking time for self-care. Respite care allows family caregivers to step away so that they can rest and recharge. It helps family caregivers maintain their own identity, while adding more balance to their lives.

Supports the Family Caregiver in Their Role

Respite care also supports the family caregiver in their role as a caregiver. Professional caregivers understand the challenges of providing care for a senior. They also receive exceptional training on how to provide care. The professional caregiver can give family caregivers tips and tricks to help them on their caregiver journey. They are there to listen not only to their client, but to the family caregiver as well. Home care companies who provide respite care also support family caregivers through connecting them to support groups, sharing resources, or offering a word of encouragement.


Allows Care Recipient to Maintain Dignity

Another benefit of respite care is that it allows the care recipient to maintain their dignity. It can be difficult for an aging loved one to allow their family member to assist with personal care tasks, such as bathing. It can also be disheartening to rely so heavily upon another family member for everyday tasks. Respite care allows seniors to maintain their dignity. The respite caregiver can assist with a shower, allowing the senior to maintain some personal boundaries. In addition, the senior receives the benefits of social interaction when their family can’t be present. Respite care can be scheduled when family is not able to provide care so that there’s no risk of social isolation for the senior.

A Great Way to Transition to Full-Time Care

Finally, respite care is a great way for seniors and the family caregiver to transition to full-time care. There may come a time when the care needs of an aging loved one are too challenging for the family caregiver. Seniors who are familiar with professional caregivers through respite care have an easier transition to full-time care. Respite care can serve as a trial run. If your aging loved one is reluctant to receive home care, they may agree to try respite care instead.

Visiting Angels Beaver Dam believes that family caregivers deserve a break. We recognize the value family caregivers play in the lives of their aging loved ones. We also understand that being a family caregiver can be exhausting. If you’re feeling burnt out, allow us to give you the respite you need. We offer respite care on an hourly basis so that you can establish the frequency and scope of care that bests meet your needs. Our senior home care services are flexible. Should your loved one’s care needs change in the future, we can expand our role to include companion care, personal care, or even dementia care. We can also establish a relationship with your loved one prior to an upcoming vacation, so that you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and well. To learn more or to sign up for respite care, please contact us today by calling 920-821-1111.

Serving Dodge & Columbia Counties

Visiting Angels BEAVER DAM, WI
140 Corporate Dr #2
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Phone: 920-821-1111
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Serving Dodge & Columbia Counties

Visiting Angels BEAVER DAM, WI
140 Corporate Dr #2
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Phone: 920-821-1111