Respite care allows families to have guilt-free summer vacations

Visiting Angels provides in-home care for residents, visitors at low cost

HENDERSON, Nev.Caring for a loved one who can’t take care of themselves can be trying on family caregivers who work tirelessly to keep their loved ones safe and healthy. During the summer months, when families are going on vacations, sometimes the guilt of leaving a family member behind can be so overwhelming families stay home. Visiting Angels can give families the respite they need to recharge their batteries and rest easy knowing their family members are in good hands.

Visiting Angels provides in-home care to the disabled and senior population. Services include everything from personal care and light housekeeping to grocery shopping, companionship and meal preparation. Patients with memory loss issues are apt to wander off, leave on appliances or possibly injure themselves; in-home care can provide the safety factor families need when they leave their loved ones at home.

“It can be a weekend. It can be for a week,” said Michael DiAsio, co-owner of two Las Vegas Valley Visiting Angels locations. “We have a client now who we’re caring for all summer. We’re very flexible – whether it’s regular service or respite care service.”

Visiting Angels works with Helping Hands of Vegas Valley and the Alzheimer’s Association under the organizations’ respite voucher programs, which fund respite care for qualifying families throughout the year. Many families take their vacations in the summer, but there are times throughout the year when a rest is needed as well.

“We have families who utilize our services two or three times a year when they go on vacation,” DiAsio said. “It can be one time or every time they go on vacation.”

Since Visiting Angels is a part of a national franchise, it also services seniors visiting Las Vegas who need some extra help. When a 96-year-old from New York visited Las Vegas to attend a conference on The Strip recently, Visiting Angels helped with transportation, including wheelchair service. Visiting Angels also offers a two-hour minimum, which is half the industry standard, to help families on a budget.

“Respite care has always been a part of our business,” DiAsio said. “But during the summer months, when people are traveling in and out of town, we like them to know we are there for them with any of the services we offer. They don’t even have to be a Nevada resident.”

Visiting Angels is senior home care with more than 400 franchises across the United States. With two franchises in Southern Nevada, the Green Valley Parkway office – located at 1701 N. Green Valley Pkwy. – is owned by the DiAsios and is the largest inSouthern Nevada. It serves Henderson, the south, southwest, west and northwest regions of Las Vegas. Due to an increase in need, the DiAsios have opened a satellite office in Summerlin offLake Mead BoulevardandRampart Road.

For more information on Visiting Angels or to apply for a position as a caregiver for the company, visit www.visitingangels.com or call 1-800-365-4189.

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