Visiting Angels Lewisburg Blog

The Benefits of Respite Care

Senior woman drinking warm beverageHave you considered that your family might be a good candidate for respite care? Maybe you find yourself, for the very first time, caring for a loved one and it’s more challenging than you thought. Providing care for a family member or loved one is one of the best ways to ensure they are safe and getting the attention they need. However, being a primary caregiver for a loved one can be exhausting. It can take a toll on you physically, relationally and emotionally.

Visiting Angels Lewisburg offers a way for your loved one to age in place at home and receive the care and companionship they deserve while also allowing you a chance to take a break.

Respite Care Services can provide short-term relief and assistance to a family caregiver. Our Visiting Angels caregivers can assist with personal care, such as grooming, bathing and incontinence. We can also provide transportation to doctors’ appointments or help your loved one with grocery shopping, meal planning, and light housekeeping. Our caregivers can provide medication reminders and walking assistance.

Any essential personal care you would provide to your family member, a Visiting Angels in-home caregiver can do as well. Having a respite caregiver may provide you with an opportunity to take a vacation, do activities you enjoy or just take time to rest at home. Family members often feel guilt or stress over taking a break from caring for their family member. With a compassionate caregiver visiting your loved one, you won’t need to worry.

Social isolation can be a common issue amongst family caregivers. Because of the guilt they often feel about the idea of stepping away they neglect their own needs. Taking a break to care for yourself can reduce caregiver stress and provide you with the opportunity to do things that you enjoy for yourself.

It’s important for a family caregiver to do things like going out to eat, taking a shopping trip or going to see a movie. Taking the time to pursue what you enjoy is a great form of self-care! We believe if a caregiver is not caring for themselves, they will not be able to provide excellent care for someone else.

Visiting Angels Lewisburg will not only provide you with a break from being a primary caregiver, but we also take the time to match your loved one with a skilled compassionate caregiver. If you, or a family caregiver you know, is in need of some support contact us to learn more about our services! Respite care is offered on an hourly basis so you can establish the amount of care your loved one needs slowly. Find out more about our respite care services on our website or call (570) 768-4747.

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