Respite Home Care

Respite home care helps family caregivers recharge, and most importantly, be the spouse, daughter, or son again.

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What is Respite Care?

The word ‘respite’ means a break or short period of rest from something demanding. Caretaking can take a significant toll on family members, and respite care provides them a break. When providing care for an aging loved one, respite care is an essential ingredient for better health and well-being.

You’ve heard the phrase, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” When it comes to caregiving, family caregivers often play the role of the neglected goose.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”

In order to provide the best possible care for the elderly adult, senior respite care is an essential ingredient to remain happy and healthy. This includes the need for family members to take regularly scheduled breaks from their work.

Studies show that caretaking can be so stressful, draining, and all-consuming that it often endangers caregiver health. This phenomenon, known as “caregiver burnout,” is a significant problem documented by numerous studies.

Respite care gives family caregivers a break. Downtime is just ahead.

What are the Benefits of Respite Care?

Respite home care exists to combat caregiver burnout directly, allowing the entire family to thrive. Respite care benefits not only the caretaker but also the person who needs senior care services.

Respite home care for adults provides tremendous benefits to the caretaker, which in turn benefits the loved one. Here are a few examples of how respite care for elderly adults can improve quality of life for the entire family:

1. Improved Physical Health

The ongoing work of bathing, dressing, grooming, providing meals and conversation, and caring for the needs of another person leaves little time for the caretaker to address their own needs.

Studies show that this often leads to declines in the caretaker’s health. They don’t eat, sleep, or exercise as well as they would otherwise. In-home respite care services provide the necessary break that allows a caregiver to get their own needs taken care of so they can remain healthy, happy, and helpful to their loved one who needs assistance and support.

2. Less Stress and Mental Fog

Providing care to an aging parent or loved one can also be very stressful, emotionally draining, and complicate the family dynamics. This can lead to depression for the caretaker, which in turn hurts the senior loved one.

Senior respite care and dementia respite care benefit the mental health of the caretaker by giving them regular time to themselves to de-stress, relax, and recover.

3. Doing What You Love

Time away from providing care to an aging loved one improves the time spent together, by improving the quality of that time.

In-home respite care for the elderly allows family members to spend less time doing the things they don’t love—such as cleaning the house or doing laundry—and more time doing what they do love, be it planning group meals with other family or just chatting with their loved one about happy memories.

4. Better Family Relations

Respite home care also helps to maintain healthy relationships in the family. If one child of an aging parent, for instance, is providing most of the caretaking, a hired respite caregiver can provide that family member with regular breaks.

Respite care services can help prevent the family developing feelings of resentment towards other family members. It can also avoid feelings of embarrassment or guilt on the part of aging parents or siblings.

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In-Home Respite Care is More Convenient

Anyone looking for respite care services will notice that there are two primary options: taking the loved one to a senior facility such as a nursing home or adult daycare; or providing in-home respite care.

Senior respite care has numerous advantages, including keeping the elderly in their comfortable and familiar surroundings with the people and things they love most. It can also be a more cost-effective option, and it is far more convenient for everyone involved.

In-home respite care means that a respite caregiver comes to the loved one’s home and learns how to provide them with the same level of care they’ve been getting from their primary caretaker. The care provided remains seamless, and the senior’s life is almost unchanged.

This also means that the primary caretaker who needs the respite doesn’t have to cope with the added stress of transferring seniors back and forth to a facility. A respite caregiver just comes to the home, takes over, and the regular caretaker gets their well-deserved break.

Providing bathing, dressing, grooming, and more

LivHOME’s Respite Home Care Services

LivHOME’s professional, certified Care Managers develop plans for respite care that are tailored to meet the needs of seniors and their primary caretakers.

Similarly, emergency respite care and short-term respite care may be implemented when a family member is suddenly unable to provide care or is in need of a vacation.

In all situations, LivHOME offers an extensive array of respite home care. These services can be scheduled to regularly provide the primary caretaker with the respite care they need when they need it, with no long-term contracts. And the care can be mixed and matched to fit the needs of seniors aging at home. LivHOME can provide the following caregiver services at home:

Bathing, Dressing, & Grooming

Respite caregivers provide a range of care services that help to maintain and improve personal care and hygiene for loved ones aging at home. These services include assisting the seniors in bathing, dressing, shaving, grooming, and using the toilet.

Healthy Meal Planning & Preparation

Unlike the situation a loved one might face at many senior care facilities, LivHOME respite caregivers ensure that seniors at home are involved in planning their meals.

Respite caregivers from LivHOME can shop for these meals, prepare them, cook them, and serve them. We’ll make sure that your loved one is eating what they enjoy and what suits their dietary needs.

Light Housekeeping & Laundry

Time away from providing care to an aging loved one improves the time spent together, by improving the quality of that time.

In-home respite care for the elderly allows family members to spend less time doing the things they don’t love—such as cleaning the house or doing laundry—and more time doing what they do love, be it planning group meals with other family or just chatting with their loved one about happy memories.

Shopping & Errands

Help with errands can be part of any LivHOME plan for respite care. Such simple tasks as picking up medications or grocery shopping can take up many hours of every day.

Providing respite care services that include help with errands buys the primary caretaker extra hours to ensure their own well-being.

Companionship & Joyful Activities

A LivHOME respite care plan can include the help of a companion caregiver who provides necessary conversation and can create activities that bring the loved one joy, from reading aloud to trips to visit friends or get ice cream.

A respite care plan can be especially beneficial in crafting programs for respite care for elderly folks and their caretakers. Sometimes all that’s needed is rest, relaxation and joy on both sides of the equation.

Transportation to Appointments & Events

Some seniors who are managing their daily tasks well only need transportation to keep them involved in the community. LivHOME can provide respite caregivers to drive your loved ones to appointments, community events, or visits with friends and family.

Our respite care services are custom-tailored on an individual level, so if your loved one only needs transportation assistance, we’ll create a respite care plan and match you with a respite caregiver to suit.

Exercise & Mobility Assistance

A 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even frail older adults who increase their activity live longer and have less disability.

LivHOME’s respite providers can make sure that loved ones safely and regularly get the movement and exercise they need. They are also skilled at moving seniors in and out of bed, chairs, and other mobility supports.

Medication Reminders

Most seniors take at least one medication every day, and many take three or more. When a primary caretaker goes on a break, it’s critical there’s no interruption with their loved one’s medications.

LivHOME respite care providers can manage medications by picking up prescriptions, establishing a schedule, monitoring side effects, and reminding aging loved ones when it’s time to take their pills.

Health Advocacy

While we don’t offer direct medical care, LivHOME Care Managers are experts at navigating the healthcare system. We can manage respite care for seniors and oversee all the coordination and interface with medical care providers.

Having an experienced care manager makes the respite period seamless as far as the loved one’s medical care is concerned, improving the primary caregiver’s peace of mind and the loved one’s quality of life.

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Concerns About Respite Home Care?

It’s perfectly reasonable for anyone considering respite home care to have questions and concerns. Here are some of the most common:


Family members who are the primary caretakers for seniors aging at home often worry about the impact of respite care on their bank accounts. Will it cost too much? The only way to know is to gather more information, which a LivHOME Care Consultant would be happy to help.

LivHOME’s care experts can help families identify government programs and insurance funds that may pay for many respite care services. Costs can also be controlled and managed by determining the senior’s specific needs and tailoring a program to meet those needs.

Many families of aging adults find that respite home care services are either revenue neutral for them or provide an indirect financial benefit because they free up time for the primary caretaker to attend to his or her own finances or go back to work. And intermittent respite home care is a better value than a senior care facility.


Another common concern among families and principal caretakers is the reliability and quality of the respite care. What if the respite provider isn’t as good or as reliable as family care?

That’s why so many families with these concerns turn to a care-managed agency like ours: Our care managers can ensure the highest quality of in-home care because we do the hiring, vetting, and managing of respite caregivers, and can provide replacements immediately if needed.


One of the most significant concerns primary caretakers face when considering respite care for elderly loved ones stems from guilt. They might not realize it, but deep down they are reluctant to seek out senior respite care because they think this will make them seem like a bad or ungrateful child. Sometimes older adults who are afraid of senior respite care themselves encourage these feelings of guilt.

It’s important to realize that respite care is essential to providing the best overall care. Is a full-time worker wrong for taking the weekend off? Of course not. The same is accurate with respite care for the elderly: the primary caretaker will provide better care for a longer term only by getting the proper time, sleep, exercise, and breaks that they need.

Family members shouldn’t feel guilty when they ask for help from a respite care provider. They should realize that this is only doing what’s best for everyone in the family.

Creating a Respite Care Plan

The best way to make respite care work for both the primary caretaker and the loved one is to sit down, talk, and develop a respite care plan.

LivHOME’s care managers can expedite this planning by bringing to aim their vast training and experience. Every situation may be unique, but it’s helpful to call on experts who have already experienced many of the challenges you’re going through.

Here’s how to develop the best respite care plan:

1. Start With a Conversation

Sit down with family members, friends, and any anyone else involved in the caregiving process. If some relatives are out of town, you can use video chats to include them.

2. Talk About the Needs of the Caregiver and the Loved One

What does the aging parent need concerning care? (If you’ve established a respite care plan, it will describe this. LivHOME care specialists can help develop such a plan.) What does the primary caretaker need regarding time off? Weekends off, evenings, certain days?

 3. Consider All the Options

Let everyone involved ask questions and offer up suggestions. Ask that everyone remain as open-minded as possible at first, just to collect different ideas. Then stop talking and give people time to think about how they can help provide respite care for elderly loved one and the primary caretaker.

LivHOME is an option that many families turn to when searching for respite care for seniors because it’s a “one-stop shop.” One call to LivHOME allows families to create a respite care plan and implement it immediately.

Often the easiest way for far-flung families to contribute to the care of their loved one and contribute to respite home care for a primary caretaker is by having an in-home care assessment which helps to formulate the respite care plan. With a care plan in place, it then becomes more likely they will help pay for respite care services.

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Speak With a Respite Care Provider Today!

LivHOME is the premier provider of in-home respite care services in locations across the United States. We can help families accurately screen for the needs of seniors aging at home, develop a respite care plan, and see to it that part of that plan is regular respite care for elderly adults and the family member or spouse who is serving as the primary care provider.

Whatever your plans—or if you just want to get more information—it makes sense to talk to the people with the most experience managing respite home care.

So if you’re a primary caretaker who is feeling burned out, if you’re worried about getting some respite care help for a primary caretaker or just wondering, “where is there available respite care near me?,” talking to a respite care manager at LivHOME right now will help put your mind at ease.

Call (800) 807-5854 and receive a free 30-minute phone consultation!

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