Respite care is temporary care given to someone with special needs in order to give the primary caregiver a break. Respite care can range from a few hours to several days, notes the South Dakota Department of Human Services.
Caring for a family member or friend who is not mentally or physically able to care for his or herself can be exhausting as it is often a demanding job. When the caregiver needs some relief, they can hire a respite care worker, as stated by HelpGuide. Respite care can take place in the home or in a facility, depending on the situation.