Vacation can reduce stress and burnout and potentially increase productivity and creativity. The fact is most caregivers are not taking enough vacation and time off to get away from it all because of their responsibilities.
What are they to do about it? Respite is the answer.
According to Florida Respite Organization, 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. FRC believes every caregiver deserves a break.
Most caregivers neglect their own needs after months or years of caring for their loved ones who are homebound. They usually have no reliable outside help and are faced with guilt if they take a break.