What Is Respite?

Respite is time taken by a caregiver for rest and rejuvenation. It is temporary, short-term relief that provides a break from the extraordinary demands of ongoing care for an individual with disabilities, special needs or chronic illness.

The break allows caregivers to tend to their own personal needs and may be unplanned during emergencies or planned as a regularly scheduled vacation. The opportunity to refresh and recharge decreases stress and helps avoid caregiver burnout.

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