Summer 2005
A Summer Respite for Caregivers

It's summer, and you'd love to get away for a break— a week at the cottage, a weekend in the city, or maybe just a day at the beach. But who will visit your mom and keep an eye on her? She's still pretty independent, but a bit frail, and getting so forgetful. She needs someone to make sure she takes her pills and eats healthy meals. Plus sometimes she gets a little lonely. You feel like you just can't get away.

United Visiting Nurse Association is here to help. United VNA offers a Summer Respite Program that can be tailored to your needs, to help you get some relief from being a caregiver.

A Home Health Aide can be arranged for as long as needed—on an hourly, daily, or live-in basis. This person will help with personal hygiene, meal preparation, light housekeeping, and medication reminders—not to mention providing friendly companionship!

Especially useful is the Live-In Home Health Aide. "A Live-In would reside with your mother and be available for 10 hours a day of intermittent care," explains Tara Nykaza, RN, Director of Private Duty Services. That means you can take your break knowing your mother will be well cared for.

And if necessary, United VNA can also arrange transportation for doctor appointments, outings, and other local needs.