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Home Health Care Houston Texas: How to Arrange Breaks From Caregiving With Respite Care

Home Health Care Houston Texas: How to Arrange Breaks From Caregiving With Respite Care
8 ways to get occasional or regular backup help for a few hours, a few days, or longer
By Barbara Kate Repa, Author

Options for respite care range from informal agreements with friends and neighbors to formal contracts for home health care services with an agency or onsite at a facility. Here are eight ways to do it:

1. Ask for help from family and friends.

How it helps: You’ll get a break; those filling in will better understand both your needs and your loved one’s needs. An added benefit: The one receiving care will benefit from receiving comfort and company from another trusted person.

What it costs: This type of care is usually free. It’s sometimes a good idea to either pay a small amount or to compensate family or friends informally with gas station cards, restaurant meals, or other goods or services.

How to get started: Ask the person who needs care whom he or she misses most or would like to spend more time with and who may also be able to lend a hand. When approaching potential helpers, be specific about what’s required — and get a solid commitment about the days and times they’re available.

2. Hire or recruit a home health care assistant or companion.

How it helps: A home health care companion can prepare meals, do light housekeeping, help with laundry, shop for groceries, run errands — and, most important, offer companionship to the person you care for when you can’t be there.

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At Your Side Home Care is the perfect solution to temporary home health care in Houston Texas. If you would like more information, please call our caregivers at 832-271-1600. We are a home health care agency providing respite care and full time assistance to seniors, veterans and the disabled in our community.

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week