Taking care of a person at home can be rewarding for the caregiver but can also become an all-consuming endeavor. As the illness progresses, homecare can become more difficult. There may be a need for respite care and other support mechanisms in such situations.
Respite care can be provided at home or in a different setting (for example a specialist palliative care unit). It affords the caregiver time away from the care-giving duties and limits the caregiver’s potential stress associated with the potentially heavy demands of caregiving. A caregiver can take advantage of respite time to rest, take care of personal needs, or even continue to work.