What is Respite?

Respite is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home. Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so they can remain at home, the physical, emotional and financial consequences for the family caregiver can be overwhelming without some support, such as respite.

Respite provides the much needed temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by the family unit.

Without respite, not only can families suffer economically and emotionally, caregivers themselves may face serious health and social risks as a result of stress associated with continuous care they give.

Emergency respite is an immediate unplanned, time-limited response to families and Carers who are unable to provide care for due to an unforeseen crisis. For example, if a family crisis, illness etc.