Respite Care at Home

Better Care Home Health Services is a family-owned agency dedicated to providing excellent and comprehensive home health care to individuals and families of Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks counties. We are honored that God has blessed us with the opportunity to positively impact and change people’s lives. It is our mission to ensure that we provide the very best of care to our clients.

We offer an exceptional combination of home care and community-based social services. Our goal is to help your loved ones to continue to live safely and confidently in a familiar place they call home. Better Care provides care through caregivers who are trained and/or certified. We offer long-term, short-term, and live-in care.

Caregiving can be an immensely rewarding journey, but it also brings formidable challenges that can leave you feeling exhausted. When the demands become overwhelming, respite care can provide a lifeline – a chance to recharge so that you can continue caring for your loved one.

Respite care by Better Care Home Health Services offers temporary relief by providing trained professionals that come to your home and attend to your loved one’s needs, allowing you to take a break. Whether it’s a few hours each week or an occasional extended stay, respite care gives you time to focus on your own well-being.

Tailored Care That Fits Your Loved One's Needs

The right respite caregiver becomes an extension of you, providing customized care based on your loved one’s unique requirements. They can assist with activities like bathing, grooming, mobility, and medication management. Specialized skills, such as dementia care or physical therapy, may also be available.

Respite care isn’t one-size-fits-all – the caregiver adapts to your loved one’s changing needs. Their person-centered approach helps your loved one feel comfortable and secure. For instance, an experienced dementia care provider will use validation techniques to meet your loved one where they are. They understand how to provide modified assistance for bathing and grooming when cognitive abilities vary day to day.

Freedom to Recharge Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Caregiving requires unrelenting effort, often leading caregivers to neglect their own self-care. Respite care offers a chance to step away and refuel.

Maybe you badly need to see your doctor, dentist, or get a haircut. Or perhaps you just want to meet a friend for coffee, go for a peaceful walk, or enjoy a hot bath. Seizing these moments to nourish your mind, body and spirit can enhance your ability to care for your loved one.

Let’s say you’ve postponed your annual physical for the past two years because you don’t want to leave your mom alone. 

Receiving four hours of respite care gives you the time to finally schedule and attend this vital preventative appointment. 

Or if you feel you haven’t had a restful night’s sleep in months, a respite caregiver allows you to catch up on much-needed rest.Respite care lifts the burden so you’re energized and less susceptible to stress or burnout. 

You’ll have renewed patience, empathy and vigor to cherish each day with your loved one. Maintaining your own health helps you continue providing quality care.

Providing Respite Care at Home in Philadelphia, Germantown, Glenside, Elkins Park, Bryn Mawr, Roxborough, Wyncote, Broomall, Upper Darby, Yeadon, Lansdowne, Narberth, Wynnewood, Penn Wynne, Fairmount, Ardmore, and Chestnut Hill. We service all of Delaware, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties.

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Gain Confidence Knowing Your Loved One is in Good Hands

Entrusting your loved one’s care to someone else can seem daunting at first. But reputable respite agencies thoroughly vet their caregivers, assessing their skills, experience and compassion. Ongoing training ensures the caregivers practice patient-centered care based on current standards.

When an exceptional caregiver connects with your loved one, it instills confidence that they are safe and happy in competent hands. This peace of mind is a precious gift that allows you to take a break. 

Better Care Home Health Services is a family-owned agency dedicated to providing excellent and comprehensive home health care to individuals and families.

Better Care Home Health Services offers an exceptional combination of home care and community-based social services. Our goal is to help your loved ones to continue to live safely and confidently in a familiar place they call home.

Respite Care | Philadelphia | Better Care Home Health Services

Accessing Respite Care

To access respite care, contact Better Care Home Health Services and talk to us about your specific situation and needs.

Respite care availability and duration varies. Funding sources like Medicaid, VA Aid and Attendance, or Long Term Care Insurance help many families afford services. 

With a patchwork of solutions, you can piece together enough respite to maintain your well-being while caring for your loved one at home. That’s time wisely invested.

Finding the Right Respite Home Care Agency- Key Questions to Ask

When interviewing home care agencies, ask these questions to find the best fit:

  • What types of care do you provide? Do they match my loved one’s needs? Look for expertise with conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, mobility impairments, etc.
  • How do you screen and train your caregivers? Background checks, certifications, and ongoing education are essential.
  • What is your caregiver matching process? Will the same caregiver return routinely? Consistency provides comfort.
  • What protocols are in place for safety and emergencies? Look for rigorous standards.
  • What activities do you offer? Engaging activities — like art, music or pet therapy — enrich the experience.
  • How do you ensure open communication with families? Collaborating on care needs is key.

Vetting in-home respite care providers thoroughly ensures your loved one receives attentive care catered to their needs.

Maintain Family Bonds and Social Connections

Caregiving can be socially isolating, placing strain on relationships with friends and family. Respite care offers a chance to devote time nurturing these bonds.

Perhaps you’ll have lunch with a childhood friend, get to know a grandchild better, or simply share an unhurried laugh with your spouse. Strengthening these connections will sustain you during challenging times. Don’t underestimate the healing power of companionship.

For instance, let’s say you have tickets to a concert that you’ve been looking forward to for months. But when the night arrives, you feel reluctant to leave your aging mother alone. Four hours of respite care means you can still attend the concert without worry, reconnecting with friends and reminding yourself that you’re more than just a caregiver.

Setting Boundaries as a Caregiver

Combating caregiver burnout also involves setting healthy boundaries regarding your needs, duties and time. Respite care helps reinforce parameters so caregiving doesn’t subsume your whole identity. Here are some suggestions:

  • Speak up about activities that replenish you and schedule regular time for them.
  • Let friends and family know specific ways they can help out through visits, transportation, etc.
  • Explore technological aids like medication reminders to reduce hands-on duties.
  • Reflect on what you can reasonably manage versus when you need to outsource help.
  • Learn to accept imperfections and setbacks with compassion rather than perfectionism.
  • Prioritize your health – mental, physical and emotional. Seek counseling if needed.
  • Join a caregiver support group. Learning you’re not alone is liberating.

With respite care and boundaries, you can sustain your caregiving duties while taking care of yourself.

We start a client relationship by providing a free consultation where together we can explore your individual needs and offer the most helpful and appropriate care plan.

Frequently Ask Questions About In-Home Respite Care

Look for certified nurse assistants, licensed practical nurses or registered nurses. Caregivers should be screened, trained in caregiving skills, CPR and first aid, and matched to your loved one based on experience with their specific condition.

Costs average $15-$35 per hour based on care needs, with many agencies requiring a 4 hour minimum. Financial assistance and long term care insurance can reduce out-of-pocket costs.

There are programs that provide subsidies for eligible families through Medicaid, VA, nonprofits and some state agencies. 

Yes, you can find respite caregivers with specialized training to provide appropriate care for conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, mobility impairments, and more. Discuss your needs upfront.

Schedule as far ahead as possible – at least 2 weeks if you can. Last minute requests may not be fulfilled if providers are unavailable. Planning ahead helps ensure your respite needs are met.

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