Respite care can be a much needed break for a full-time caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. There are several different models for respite care, but what they all have in common, is they take over care for your loved one for a couple week, a couple days, or even a couple hours, which gives the full-time caregiver a break to take care of themselves for that time. It's also possible that Medicare and Medicaid will cover some of this cost.
When I began my two decades of elder care, there wasn't much talk about the issue, and what little help was available seemed to be a closely kept secret. Now, caregivers are often faced with the polar opposite. They know there are agencies and businesses that can help them with caregiving issues, but the very abundance of choices can cause a…