- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Who pays for Respite care in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area?
State of Nevada Medicaid
State of Nevada Dept. of Aging486-3545
Home and Department of Aging Community Based Waiver (HCBW formerly CHIP)
Alzheimer’s Association248 2770
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 Valley633-7284
Helping Hands also awards “respite” care vouchers with two distributions a year. Recipients have six months to use the funds.
- Aid and Attendance
- 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.
Serving Summerlin, Las Vegas, Henderson and Surrounding Areas
Visiting Angels LAS VEGAS, NV1180 N Town Center Dr #100
Las Vegas, NV 89144
1701 N Green Valley Pkwy #9A
Henderson NV 89074