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What is Respite Care?

Respite Care

Respite care gives family caregivers a break from their caregiving duties. For example, if your sister is regularly taking care of your elderly mother and would like a break from time to time, respite care would be a good option. Note that respite care is not intended to be the primary or only care an individual receives; respite care functions as a substitute for primary care.

Respite care includes personal care tasks that are needed when the family caregiver is away.

Respite Care Services

When choosing a respite care service or provider, you should consider several factors to make the best decision for your loved one’s needs and the family caregiver you wish to relieve. These considerations include the age-specific and special needs of your loved one, cost, location, and the desired type of service (in-home or otherwise).

Who Benefits from Respite Care?

The individual receiving care, the family caregiver, and the family benefit from respite care.

  • The individual receiving care will benefit from continued care and personal assistance while the family caregiver is away or on a break. Additionally, respite care can allow individuals in need of care to be more willing to accept care from their loved ones if they know that their loved ones still have time to themselves.
  • The family caregiver will benefit by having the opportunity to take a break or time to themselves guilt and worry-free. While caring for a loved one is often rewarding, it can be emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting. A break and time to oneself is the perfect opportunity to reset and recharge.
  • The family will benefit from respite care by knowing that both the loved individual receiving care and family caregiver are receiving the support they need during this time.

Learn About Our In-Home Respite Care Programs

At Texas Visiting Nurse Service, we provide an array of in-home care programs for individuals with various needs throughout South Texas, including respite care. We have over 40 years of experience serving our community through multiple offices and have the resources and expertise to match your needs with a home care attendant and services to help.

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Contact our friendly team today at 1-800-242-TVNS (8867) or fill out our short online form to learn today how respite care services through TVNS can help caregivers who look after the elderly and people with special needs or disabilities!