Tell Us: When Was Your Last Break from Caregiving?


Tell Us: When Was Your Last Break from Caregiving?

We're focusing on the stress of caregiving.

As you know, it can be difficult to get a break from caregiving. It can be hard to find help to provide the break, difficult to afford the help, and a challenge to find the help trained to provide the care you give.

And, then when you get a break, it's hard to get a break from the worries.

In our comments section, below, please tell us about your breaks from caregiving. How long do they last? How often do they happen? How do you manage the worry about caregiving during your break?

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Somewhere in the year 2013.


I took a two-hour art class a week ago, and it was great! Mom's in care, but even so there is plenty to do with and for her. A mental break to focus on something new and different was great!


I take mini-breaks by hanging out with my grandson part of each Saturday and planning lunch with friends from time to time. It has been several years since I was gone overnight just because I needed to be gone overnight. I am looking for someone to help with Robert so I can choose to have a day if I need one. IF? That is so funny!


Last Thursday, Sept. 28th. In July I started to get 13 hours a month of respite care through NEI3A (Northeast Iowa Area Agency on the Aging). I split the time into 2 - 6 1/2 hour days in which I go to see my daughter and granddaughter 1/2 hour away. Sadly, I end up spending about 1 1/2 hours training the respite care giver, so I lose 2 1/2 of the 6 1/2 hours to training and travel time. I do worry that the respite worker won't be able to handle certain situations that would necessitate me to come back home early. Prior to this respite care my last and only break at the time had been last year's National Caregiving Conference. This month makes 3 years that I have been taking care of my husband. It is nice to have the 13 hours a month, but a whole weekend was so much more relaxing.


It has been over a year. Sibling who lives 2000 miles away, comes out once or twice a year, for a week or two so I can move back home for awhile. She had an injury so I'm not sure if or when the next respite break will happen.