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If you take care of someone who is older or who has a disability, you are a caregiver.
Respite care, where someone else looks after your loved one while you take a break, is a great way for you to take some time for yourself.
Taking time for yourself is not selfish — it is necessary so you can keep being the best caregiver you can be. 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 six months to live. Also, respite is also not palliative care. Palliative care is provided by a team of palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers and others who work together with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
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.