Hospice Respite Care - The word “respite” means rest or relief. Respite care is a gift of time for rest, given by professionals, other family members or volunteers to the primary caregivers. Respite care comes in many forms and at a variety of locations. There is a wealth of information available on the Internet to help you learn about choosing respite care, planning for time away, and caring for yourself.
Hospice Respite Care - There may come a time during the course of your family member’s illness that you as a caregiver need some time away from the duty of care giving. Caregiver stress can lead to physical and emotional distress that can interfere with your ability to provide care. Respite care programs are designed to provide temporary, short-term assistance in caring for an individual of any age who has special needs. It is intended to allow the caregivers, often the parents, to take some time away from the child, and even the child some time away from the parents, to allow them to emotionally recharge and become better prepared to handle the normal day-to-day challenges of parenting in the face of a chronic life-threatening illness.