Respite Care provides temporary relief to a primary caregiver, enabling them to take a much-needed break from the demands of caring for a sick, aging, or disabled family member. Whether it’s for just a few hours a week or an extended vacation, Respite Care can help ease the burden of family caregiving and help to relieve stress, restore your energy, and promote balance in your life. It can also prevent you from becoming exhausted, isolated, or even burned out. Respite Care can benefit the loved one you are caring for as well, providing them with variety, stimulation, and a welcome change of routine.
Seeking support and maintaining your own health are key to managing your role as a caregiver, so it’s not selfish to need time to yourself. If you’re overwhelmed by the daily grind of caregiving, your patience and compassion will wear thin, you’ll find it harder to connect with the person you’re caring for, and you’ll probably both feel unfulfilled. Respite Care provides you with a break to recharge your batteries, so you’ll feel more energetic, focused, and reinvigorated about your caregiving role.
For additional caregiver resources, visit our Caregiver Well-Being page.