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Philadelphia Home Health Care Services – What Is Elderly Respite Care and What Are Its Benefits?

Elderly woman with other adult woman smiling | elderly respite care | Neighborly Home CareAmong the many home health care services that we provide, possibly the least understood is respite care. Full-time home care of a senior can be highly challenging mentally, emotionally, and physically. Elderly respite care can meet family caregivers’ need to recharge and refocus to provide the best care possible for their senior loved ones.

What Is Elderly Respite Care?

Simply put, respite care is short-term elderly care. Rather than being a permanent or long-term care solution where a caregiver provides care to a senior continually, we take over the care of your loved one for a set period, from a few hours to days or even weeks.

Another defining trait of respite care is that some might only need care at certain times of the day. For example, if a senior needs 24/7 oversight, respite caregivers might come in for a few hours in the afternoons so the primary caregiver can run errands, take care of children’s needs, or have a bit of free time to destress.

Elderly respite care is also flexible, and its solutions can adjust to different levels of care depending on the needs of your loved one. Whatever care you are currently providing, we match that care and continue to ensure that your loved one is well-attended while you take some much-needed time off.

Why Choose Respite Care?

Providing home care services is difficult and stressful for family caregivers – but often, caregivers fail to realize the stress they are under. Or when they do notice, caregivers may have feelings of guilt or obligation that cause them to ignore the negative impact that caregiving can have on their health or psychological state. Even the most dedicated caregiver needs to have downtime to relax and focus on themselves.

Respite care allows that freedom. By arranging for short-term home care services from a trusted provider, you can take some “me time.” Your break can be an excellent opportunity to take care of tasks you might have been putting off or rebalance yourself by taking a vacation.

Who Could Use Respite Care?

Almost any family caregiver could have some use for elderly respite care services. For example, respite care services allow:

  • A reduction in the number of caregiving hours in the day.
  • Personal errands.
  • Time to connect with friends.
  • Occasional breaks from care for a few days to regroup.
  • Travel for important functions that would take a person out-of-town, such as weddings, funerals, or similar events.

One of the most significant issues that family caregivers run into is the stress that comes with caregiving duties. Unfortunately, that stress can lead to serious issues for everyone involved (such as caregiver burnout). So caregivers looking to recharge will benefit from home respite care services.

Trust Neighborly Home Care When You Need Elderly Respite Care Services

Studies show that caregiving takes a big toll on the caregiver. Even when the caregiver has gladly taken on the task, his/her cost can be great, financially, physically, and emotionally. Respite care can help alleviate some of the stress, allowing caregivers to continue to provide their loved ones with proper support. To learn more about elderly respite care and other home senior care services in Philadelphia, PA and Delaware, please contact Neighborly Home Care today.

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I just wanted to tell you how grateful we are that Neighborly Home Care stepped in & took over taking care of my Dad when we really needed it, no questions asked. Our caregiver has become part of the family and we know we can depend on her being there every day & taking great care of my Dad. He misses her when she’s not there!

— Daughter of an NHC Client