Specializing in Respite Care in
Montgomery County MD and Northern Fairfax County VA
Sometimes you just need a break to run an errand, visit friends, or just do something for yourself.
Often, the challenges of caring for an elderly, chronically ill, or disabled family member are simply a part of daily life. Many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain at home. But the physical, emotional, and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite. Providing care for a loved one can be exhausting. It’s both physically and mentally demanding. So, it stands to reason that a caregiver needs a break. Respite care provides relief for the caregiver – whether you’re caring for aging parents, a spouse, a loved one living with a disease, or supervising teens, especially with special needs. No one is equipped to do it alone.
Our Respite Care Services
Assisting Hands Home Care’s respite care services provide short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life. Respite care can be arranged for short-term or periodic help. Or it can be care that is provided at regular intervals. The purpose behind respite care is to help reduce the stress and anxiety often felt by caregivers. And respite care provides a variety of options.
Our compassionate in home care focuses on both the needs of the caregiver and of the affected family member. Our caregivers are skilled in helping family and friends with additional personal and homemaker services so that the caregiver can take a break or just spend quality time with their loved one.
Seeking support and maintaining your own health are key to managing your role as a caregiver. Using respite care before you become exhausted, isolated, or overwhelmed is ideal. But just anticipating regular relief can become a lifesaver. Call Assisting Hands Home Care today, and we will help create a respite care plan that analyzes both yours and your loved one’s needs.
How Assisting Hands Helps
There are many types of respite care provided. Here’s a list of some of the services we provide. It’s certainly not exhaustive, but it will give you a good idea of how we can help. What do you need?
- Personal assistance. We are happy to care for plants and pets, answer the door, help with the preparation of grocery lists or assist in organizing the mail.
- Companion care. Assisting Hands can provide someone to sit and talk to a loved one, read the news and help keep your loved one occupied. For more information on companion care, please view our companionship page.
- Personal Care. We provide help with daily grooming – for dressing and undressing, bathing and toileting.
- Keeping Loved Ones Engaged. We can aid with reading or read a book with your loved one.
- Running Errands, Keeping Appointments. Perhaps your loved one would like company shopping for groceries, or someone to accompany them to appointments. Assisting Hands is glad to help.
- Supervising Home Maintenance. When maintenance is scheduled around the home, it’s nice to have someone there who can supervise the work – whether that’s painting, HVAC work, gardening or other maintenance.
- Making Visits. Getting out of the house to visit relatives, friends or neighbors can be helpful to your loved and even improve their outlook. We are happy to assist with any of these visits.
- Keeping Company. Sometimes, when someone is feeling low, or recovering from a treatment, it’s nice to have a person there who can fix a bowl of soup or make a fresh bed.
How Often Is Respite Care Used?
The frequency of respite care depends on the individual and the needs. Respite care can provide a half-day break once a week, daily care every morning, or care for a loved one while the rest of the family goes on vacation! You tell us what you need!
For more information about using respite care, please see our article on Respite Care – When Should You Use Respite Care.
Assisting Hands Caregivers
Assisting Hands caregivers are trained to provide non-medical assistance to our clients for any number of reasons. In every case, we work hard to find the right person to come into your come and care for your family member. Our caregivers are specifically trained to provide in-home care. And our caregivers have successfully passed extensive background checks. They are also insured, bonded, and trained in CPR. Most of all, they CARE.
We’ll Perform A Needs Assessment
Assisting Hands will be happy to talk or visit with you to help determine your needs. Our assessment includes:
- Assessing your needs for the type, skills, frequency, and location of respite service. As a caregiver, is support what you need most? Or is it some regular free time? Or maybe help with transportation? Or even a weekend away.
- Identifying your loved one’s requirements, abilities, and preferences. Are social activities primary? Do they require assistance with walking, eating or medications? Do they need mental stimulation? Or exercise?
- Assessing the amount of time you need to be away from your loved one. Do you need services that last a few hours, a few days or overnight?
If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your Respite Care needs, or to set up a free in-home evaluation with one of our nurses, call us today in MD at 301.363.2580 or in VA at 703.556.8983.