Respite Resources

  1. What is respite?
    Respite care is temporary relief to those who are caring for family members, so the care recipient does not need permanent placement in a facility outside the home. While caregiving can be very rewarding, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, like as respite.
  2. Why is respite important?
    Caregiving can be harmful to your health. Family caregivers are said to suffer a chronic condition at more than twice the rate as non-caregivers. Elderly spousal caregivers with their own history of illness, and who are experiencing care-related stress, have a 63 percent higher mortality rate than non-caregiving peers. Stress from providing care can take as much as ten years off a family caregiver's life. Family caregivers who provide more than 36 hours of care weekly are more likely than non-caregivers to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety.
  3. Who provides respite care?
    Respite is often provided by other family members, neighbors as well as day care centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and senior care agencies such as Visiting Angels.
  4. What does the caregiver do while providing respite?
    The care can range from companionship to complete care services such as personal hygiene assistance, ambulatory assistance or meal preparation. When Visiting Angels is providing respite care, the family or the care recipient selects which services that it wants completed. Visiting Angels will provide complete care services.
  5. Who pays for Respite care in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area?
    State of Nevada Medicaid
    800-525-2395
    www.medicaid.nv.gov/

    State of Nevada Dept. of Aging

    486-3545
    http://adsd.nv.gov/
    Home and Department of Aging Community Based Waiver (HCBW formerly CHIP)

    Alzheimer’s Association

    248 2770
    www.alz.org
    The Alzheimer’s Association awards “respite” care vouchers that can be used to pay for respite services. They distribute these twice a year and the recipients have six months to use the funds.

    Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

    633-7284
    www.hhovv.org
    Helping Hands also awards “respite” care vouchers with two distributions a year. Recipients have six months to use the funds.

Veteran's Administration

  1. Aid and Attendance
    800-827-1000
    http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/aid_attendance_housebound.asp  
  2. A veteran can also work with an organization such as Veterans Home Care – 561-2382 and www.veteranshomecare.com. This business assists veterans and spouses obtain the special VA pension of “Aid and Attendance.” Visiting Angels assists many veterans and spouses that receive the “aid and attendance” pension to pay for respite care. Homemaker and Respite – The Veterans Administration also has a Homemaker and Respite program for many of services. Your doctor’s office must recommend a veteran for either of these programs, but it get general information the Veterans Administration website: www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/Guide/LongTermCare/Homemaker_and_Home_Health_Aide_Care.asp  

Visiting Angels is one of a select few home care agency’s that the Veterans administration has asked to help veterans. We currently assist over 150 veterans under these programs.

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.