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Why Caregivers Need a Caregiver
Caring for ill loved ones is necessary and can also be rewarding. But nearly 1 in 5 caregivers report a high level of physical strain, according to the "Caregiving in the U.S. 2020" report from AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC). Too much time without a break can lead to physical and emotional burnout, which is not helpful to the caregiver, the patient, or other family members. The trick is finding the time and resources to take over caregiving responsibilities.
Respite Care Can Help
Respite care is caregiver support that provides short-term relief in the home by nurses, home health aides, or others, for primary caregivers. There are programs available to provide caregiver relief for just a few hours or for regularly scheduled respite care. Care can be provided at home, in a health care facility, or at an adult day center.
Respite Care Resources
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey offers a variety of respite care programs, including some grant-funded programs that are free of charge.*
* These services are made possible through grants received from the Morris County and Sussex County Boards of County Commissioners and the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Eligibility requirements may apply.
Did you know that Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey? So we know a thing or two about helping seniors “age in place” to avoid hospitalization and nursing homes, and also what services people need to recover from illness and surgery at home. We suggest that you learn more about our home health care services and make a plan to age at home before you have a health emergency.
Medicare and supplemental insurance often do not cover all the care our patients and caregivers need. If you would like to help, please visit vnannj.org/donate or call VNA Foundation: 973-451-4148.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Somerset, and Passaic Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.
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