Every caregiver needs a break from time to time. Options for respite care range from informal agreements with friends and neighbors to formal contracts for services with an agency or onsite at a facility. Respite care is an invaluable option for families who, for whatever reason, need temporary help providing care for a loved one. In this case, “temporary” has a number of denotations. It can mean a couple of hours a day on a regular basis, or round-the-clock care for a short duration. With so many responsibilities to handle on a daily basis, the prospect of taking a break may very well seem impossible.

Home Care Assist is Your Resource for Finding a Respite Care

Whether planning for a vacation or business trip or just because you need a break from the day-to-day responsibilities that come with caregiving, we have the right respite caregiver for you.

Home Care Assist is different than an agency. We’ll guide you through a set of questions to create a careseeker profile. Once your account is active, you view a list of respite caregivers, ranked in order of compatibility to your needs AND interests. Then, you communicate with potential caregivers within the safety of our site. Once you connect with someone you like, work out the respite care details according to your needs.

Signs that you need respite care.

At Home Care Assist, we have the experience of an agency without agency prices. And we’re safer and easier than classified/online ads. We know the right questions to ask and we use the same background screenings that an agency would. It is our goal to assist you in finding the right caregiver for your respite care needs, in the most efficient way possible.

Still unsure of what you are looking for? We’ve listed common types of respite care, below.

Companion care

An in-home companion can prepare meals, do light housekeeping, help with laundry, shop for groceries, run errands — and, most importantly, offer companionship to the person you care for when you cannot be there.

Personal care

Personal care aides, in addition to providing light housekeeping and homemaking tasks, can help clients with bathing, dressing, toileting, and grooming. They cannot provide medical services, but they can assist with mobility and medication reminders, as well as transportation to and from appointments.

Recovery care

Often patients having surgery arrive home before they are ready to care for themselves. Perhaps their loved-one must return to work or has scheduled engagements. A hired respite caregiver makes sure that the patient rests comfortably and receives proper hydration and nutrition. A scheduled physical or occupational therapist can also provide an hour or two of respite.

Memory care

Caring for a spouse, parent, or grandparent with Alzheimer’s is a true labor of love. For families with dedicated respite caregivers, the challenges of caring for someone with a memory disorder seem more manageable. Additionally, managing one’s own health means taking breaks, refocusing, and recharging.

Emergency care

Often, when an unplanned emergency occurs, an urgent need for assistance is required. Depending on the family or caregiver, emergency respite care can range from a few hours of care to more extended periods. Having a caregiver in place for those with increased fall risk can be beneficial.

Chronic care

Caring for a family member with a chronic illness or physical disability often requires years of patient care. Stroke, diabetic amputation, and neurodegenerative diseases present years of medical complications. A regular respite caregiver becomes an integral part of the care plan, for both the patient and his/her family caregiver(s).

Whether the respite care you need is emergency or planned, we are here to help. Create your Home Care Assist profile to find your respite caregiver now.

Click the links below to find state and local agencies that are a valuable resource for finding and paying for respite care. 

Lifespan Programs – Funded by the Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services, this program works to implement statewide systems of coordinated, community-based respite for family caregivers caring for individuals with special needs of all ages

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provides grants to States and Territories to fund a range of support that assist caregivers.

Project Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty, also known as CARE, is an assistance program that helps families in which a member is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another related dementia.