What is Respite Care?

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As the adult child of an aging parent, you are familiar with the challenges of making sure your elderly loved ones are safe and getting the care they need. Oftentimes, the child who lives closest to the parental home assumes the responsibility of checking in on their elderly Mom and/or Dad. While at first, check ins are infrequent, they eventually evolve into helping run errands, providing transportation and soon include helping pay bills, managing finances, giving medication reminders and constantly dropping by to assist with even the smallest tasks.

While being there for their elderly loved ones or providing home care Greater Hartford family caregivers might find it difficult, time consuming and taxing both physically and emotionally. It is important that adult children ensure the safety of their elderly loved one without falling ill themselves.

Overworked or overwhelmed family caregivers oftentimes fall victim to caregiver stress, also known as caregiver burnout. Some symptoms of caregiver stress include mood swings, depression, becoming easily angered, sleeplessness, change in weight, and withdrawing from relationships. The skilled caregivers at Greater Hartford Home Care Assistance are here to remind you that your health matters too.

When family caregivers become overwhelmed by their caregiving responsibilities, respite care gives them a needed break to relax and take time for themselves. Although respite care can come in the form of help from family, friends and support groups, an overwhelming majority of family caregivers turn to in-home care as it enables the senior to remain in the familiar surroundings of home. Professional, compassionate and reliable caregivers provide families with peace of mind as they provide exceptional care for the senior client, while also taking on daily tasks including:

  • Cooking and light housekeeping
  • Running errands and doing chores
  • Providing transportation to medical appointments
  • Setting medication reminders
  • Providing companionship and daily support
  • Bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Exercise and mental stimulation
  • And much, much more…

Click here to learn more about the hourly home care services provided by Home Care Assistance or call 860-372-4500 to discuss your affordable respite care options with a Greater Hartford Care Manager. From basic home health care to specialty care for advanced conditions, we work with the senior, their family and their doctors to create a unique and personalized program that meets all needs and preferences. Families can enjoy a renewed sense of peace and comfort knowing we are here 24/7, continually monitoring the needs of your elderly to ensure they receive the highest level of quality care at home.


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