We all have many roles — mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, friend. But one of the most important is caring for a loved one who is older or who has a disability. We call these people “caregivers.”
Caring for another person is hard work. And all caregivers deserve a break, which also is called respite.
Taking time for yourself is not selfish — it is necessary so you can keep being the best caregiver you can be.
Sometimes it's hard to find someone or even trust them to take over for a few hours while you take a break; Take Time Texas can help. We maintain a searchable list of respite providers across the state.
Start now to find someone who will care for your loved one while you rest, recharge or take care of other necessary tasks.
In a nutshell, respite means having someone else look after your loved one while you take a break. Respite can be:
Respite is not the same as hospice. Hospice is a service for people who have a terminal illness and who have less than 6 months to live.
Family caregivers have many things in common. They love their family and want to see they get the best care possible.
But every caregiver's situation is unique. Caring for a child with a disability is different than caring for an aging parent. Even the type of respite services they need may vary.