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Respite - Getting A Deserved Break from Caregiving

Respite Care Assistant Are you currently providing care for a loved one? Are you struggling to find enough time to take care of yourself and your own needs?  If so, you are not alone!  Studies show caregivers often do not take a break from their caregiving role.  This can cause stress related health problems, feelings of depression or anxiety, and puts a strain on both the caregiver and the care recipient. It is okay to need a break... RESPITE is a way to get that break. 

The information on these pages is designed to help you and your loved one choose the right type of respite to meet both your needs.  Do not wait until you are tired and overwhelmed... make respite a regular part of your caregiving role early and often! 

What is Respite?

Pronounced “ress-pit,” respite is an occasional break that is given to a person who provides care to someone they love.

Let’s face it, being a caregiver can be a lot of work. And, sometimes that work can go on for months or years. In order to equip a caregiver to continue their work over a long period of time, it is essential that they get a regular break.

These breaks can be short or long. It might just be a few hours so the caregiver can go shopping, visit friends, or see a movie. It might be a day or two, so the caregiver can tend to personal business or get away for a weekend. Or, it might be a week or two, so that the caregiver can take a vacation and “recharge their batteries.”

Who Provides Respite?

Respite services are funded by a wide variety of sources. Eligibility usually depends upon the age, income and disability of the care recipient. This website can help you to find a source of respite funding!

The actual respite care might be provided by another member of the family, a friend, or a trained professional caregiver.

When is Respite Needed?

Honestly, EVERY person providing ongoing care to a loved one needs a break—how often those breaks occur, and how long they last, depends on each person’s situation.

Studies have shown big benefits from even an hour of respite care each week. Benefits include: less anxiety, lower blood pressure and overall improvement in caregiver well being. Care giving is hard work, and anyone who is working hard needs a break.

Are you providing care and assistance to someone who needs your help? Do you find the care tasks prevent you from doing things you want or need to do for yourself? Is it getting harder to maintain your social and family relationships because of the care you provide? These are all normal feelings for caregivers, but the good news is… help is available!

 For more information and resources on respite and caregiver relief, click here.