Utilizing Respite (Short-Term Stays) for a Holiday Break from Caregiving for Someone with Dementia

Dec 18, 2023 | Caregivers

Caregiving for a family member with dementia is a tough job, both physically and mentally. And things can get a little more challenging during the holidays. You might find yourself struggling to keep up with your caregiving duties and other obligations, as well as shopping, cooking, cleaning and the other preparations the holiday season often entails.

Respite Care Can Help You Get Through the Busy Holiday Season

Respite care can help you to:

  • Spend time with other family and friends
  • Have personal time just to relax
  • Feel secure in the knowledge that your loved one is in good hands

Planning Ahead for the Holidays

Planning ahead for the holidays can ensure that you don’t get so busy that you forget to take care of your own needs.


  • Prioritizing which holidays, gatherings and related activities are most important to you
  • Determining which events your loved one with dementia can safely and happily attend, and which ones might require respite care during that time
  • Encouraging friends and family to visit throughout the holiday season in small groups, rather than in one large gathering that might be stressful for your loved one with dementia
  • Planning how you will make the time to continue caring for yourself throughout the season

Set your Own Limits This Holiday Season – And Let Everyone Know

While many people realize that caregiving is challenging, most don’t realize how difficult it can be. Take care of yourself this holiday season by setting boundaries – regarding what you can and can not do during the holidays – and letting your friends and family know.

You Are Not Alone

As you prepare for the holidays, remember that you are not alone in this. If you could benefit from respite care at any point, or would like to talk to one of our owners about memory care, contact us online or by calling 512-399-5080.