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How Can In-Home Respite Care Help?


According to 2020 data from the AARP, there are 41.8 million unpaid or informal caregivers who provide regular care to adults over age 50 in the United States. This number is expected to increase dramatically by the year 2030, as all members of the Baby Boomer population reach 65 years of age. 

In the majority of cases, caregivers for elderly individuals are unpaid family members or friends. The majority of these informal caregivers provide at least 20 hours of unpaid care per week. Naturally, this increase in caregiving burden can lead to an increase in caregiver stress, especially if he or she is the primary caregiver for an elderly loved one. 

Studies on caregiver stress show higher levels of depression, mental health issues, and physical health problems among family caregivers than non-caregivers. These issues typically worsen as the care needs of an elderly person increase with age. 

If you’re a family caregiver, there may come a point when you need a break—to go on vacation, to focus on your health, or to simply relax for a while. The benefits of allowing yourself time to disengage from your caregiving duties are important for your health, as well as the well-being of an elder loved one. 

Respite care with a reputable in-home care company allows family caregivers to focus on themselves, knowing that an older loved one is receiving the attention, support and assistance he or she needs. Visiting Angels of Burlington and Mercer Counties specializes in in-home respite care programs for families who need short-term care for elder loved ones.

3 Benefits of respite care services: 

Our Respite Care Program Matches Your Loved One with the Right Caregiver

Many family caregivers are understandably wary of placing the care of a vulnerable elder loved one in the hands of a stranger. You deserve the peace of mind and confidence that comes with knowing a loved one is receiving care from a carefully vetted, experienced caregiver. Visiting Angels’ caregiver selection process ensures that only caregivers of the highest standards are part of our organization. When you choose our respite care services, seniors will be matched with a compassionate, experienced caregivers who meet their care needs.

Our Respite Care Services Cover a Variety of Care Needs

Visiting Angels’ offers more than just companionship and helpful supervision. Our caregivers can provide assistance with a number of daily activities and personal care needs, including dressing, bathing, grooming, assistance with eating, and safety supervision going from one place to another. We can also help your loved one with simple household chores and prepare nutritious meals. If a loved one needs transportation assistance to doctor’s appointments or important errands, our caregivers can help. 

Our Respite Care Services Are Flexible

Visiting Angels’ respite care is offered on an hourly basis (up to 24/7), so you and your family can determine the amount of time and duration of care your loved one may need. 

We also strive to be flexible with our clients to better meet their needs. If a loved one’s care needs increase, we can adjust his or her care schedule, the frequency of visits, and the type of services he or she receives. Respite care can be a life-changing choice for both family caregivers and aging loved ones. 

Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties is ready to provide respite care for family caregivers who would benefit from a hiatus. Contact us today to learn more. 

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.