Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County has received a $2,500 grant from the First County Bank Foundation to support its respite-care program, the nonprofit organization announced.

Under the program, Visiting Nurse sends caregivers to the homes of seriously ill, elderly or disabled people to provide periodic breaks for the loved ones who are the primary caregivers.

"For these family caregivers, periodic relief is critical, Sharon M. Bradley, the Visiting Nurse president and chief executive, said in a news release. "They need time to rest and to attend to other personal interests and professional obligations. We want to help alleviate the stress that arises as a result of the burdensome daily responsibilities involved in caring for a loved one who is ill."

The First County Bank Foundation was created by Stamford-based First County Bank to distribute funds to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development for children and families in lower Fairfield County, according to the release.