Respite: A Temporary Break for Families to Refresh

Family caregivers work hard every day to provide the best care possible for their loved ones. However, everyone needs a break from caregiving once in a while. Short-term breaks from responsibilities allow families to continue doing their best. If you are a family caregiver, an important part of being a good caregiver is taking care of yourself. Whether you have a child with a disability or an adult with special needs, using respite to refresh is one way to do this.

Who are Family Caregivers?

“When my son is with a respite provider, my family has a chance to relax and enjoy time with each other. It’s the gift of time and peace of mind to know my son is safe and his needs are met.”

What is Respite?

Respite is the temporary relief from responsibilities of caring for a loved one. It is an important form of family support. Respite allows families to take a break, spend time together, or enjoy time alone.

Why is Respite Important?

Research shows that raising a child with a disability can be very stressful. Families face emotional, financial, social, and physical challengesi.

Respite improves the family’s ability to cope. It can build the strength needed to cope with day-to-day challenges.

Respite is important because it allows families to spend time with friends and with each other. Respite can improve the overall health and well-being of caregivers.

Respite can also help the child or individual to grow and form new relationships with other people outside their family.

Make a Plan for Respite

Once families understand the value of respite care services, many schedule it regularly. This can avoid a crisis or exhaustion. Respite should be helpful and enjoyable for family caregivers and the child.

Learn more about respite using the navigation below:

Respite Home | Types of Respite | How to Pay for Respite | Types of Providers – in Ohio | More Respite Resources | Finding a Respite Provider

iGoudie, Anthony, Havercamp, Susan, Ranbom, Lorin, and Jamieson, Barry (2010) Caring for Children with Disabilities in Ohio: The Impact on Families, A White Paper Prepared with a Grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.

Questions? Please contact Celia Schloemer, UC UCEDD Family Support Coordinator, at or 513-636-4723