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Elderly Care Options in Newington, CT: Introducing Respite Care

Part-time elderly care ensures your senior loved one received the assistance they need, even when you can’t be there

Caring for a senior parent or relative is an important endeavor for many family members, but not something they should have to do alone. Having a support system of other siblings, close family and friends, and professional caregivers can ensure that your loved one received the care they need even if you cannot be there. Between work, raising children, personal and social obligations, there will be times when you cannot provide the type of care your senior mom or dad needs. Respite care can help by providing part-time assistance whenever your family needs.

Respite care is temporary care that supports both family caregivers and seniors. It considers the needs of both parties and provides the family caregiver with relief while assisting the senior in all their daily endeavors, allowing them to maintain independence while the primary caregiver is away.

This type of short-term care lets primary caregivers take a break from caregiving and attend to other obligations, do what makes them happy or just rest and recharge. As for seniors, they get to change their routine, interact with friendly elderly care providers, and take part in a number of safe, senior-friendly activities.

Respite care can be provided in your loved one’s home, senior day care center, senior facility or even hospital. It can include services such as personal care, meal preparation, running errands, companionship, and more.

Do I Need Respite Care?

Being the primary caregiver for your loved one has both its advantages and disadvantages. It is a rewarding experience that lets you help your parent when they need you the most and get to know them a lot better. It is, unfortunately, also a demanding job that requires time, energy, and focus.

With respite care, you can continue caring for your loved one with a bit of support from expert elderly care providers. While they care for your loved one in your absence, you can take time to look after yourself and your needs without worrying whether your parent is safe or has everything they need.

You can balance your obligations and reduce stress levels, prevent burnout, and boost your mood and health, which can all enable you to be an even better care provider for your parent.

Availability Of Respite Care

Respite care is a care solution designed to fit the schedules of both the primary caregiver and seniors. This means that is completely flexible and available whenever you need it. It can be just temporary or evolve into long-term care. It can also be provided on weekends and holidays.

As for the number of hours of care you will need per week, it is determined based on many factors, including the presence/absence of other caregivers, your work schedule, your loved one’s routine, your daily obligations, your parent’s care needs, and more.

It is important to bear in mind that the number of hours you need may change over time, as your loved one’s condition improves or worsens.

Care that Works for Your Family

Quality home care providers will work with you and your senior loved one to create a customized plan of care that best suits your unique situation. If you know a wedding, family vacation, or business trip will take you out of town for days at a time, respite care services can be scheduled in advance. Once your loved one becomes comfortable with their companion caregiver, part-time assistance each week may allow you the time to rest, recharge, and focus on other matters. As your loved one’s needs advance, respite care plans can smoothly transition into daily or 24 hour home care, all within the same agency and with the same care provider.

Visiting Angels of Newington, CT, is a leading provider of essential personal in home care services for seniors. Our office serves Hartford County, Waterbury, and Springfield, MA. To learn more about the in-home living assistance services provided by our staff of compassionate caregivers, please call our Newington office at (860) 215-2391 or contact us for more information.

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