There are many reasons why you, or the person you care for, might want or need respite care.
For you as carer: it might be that you need a break from caring to rest and recharge your batteries, to deal with other family commitments or due to a breakdown in your own health.
For your yourself: respite care can also have positive benefits for the person being cared for. In some cases it can provide specialist medical care that you are unable to provide – for example, to help them recover from an operation or illness. Attending a day centre or going on a ‘respite holiday’ can be enjoyable, giving your relative the opportunity to meet new people and take part in different activities.