What is respite?

Respite is a period of rest and relief. It’s an opportunity for caregivers to have a break and take some time off for themselves.

Why respite?

Being a caregiver can be a very taxing and intensive job. Respite gives caregivers a chance to take some time for themselves, resulting in an enhanced quality of life.

Why do caregivers sometimes decline respite care?

Sometimes caregivers feel guilty accepting care. They also might not want others to take care of their loved ones, or they might feel that taking care is their responsibility. They also might not know about respite care or have the time to look into resources.

I am the caregiver for an adult/child with special needs and often feel stressed, exhausted, and angry. Can respite help me?

Respite can offer a chance for you to spend some time on your own. You could run errands, go to health appointments for yourself, take a nap, read a book, or just take a break and re-group which can leave you feeling refreshed. Making time for yourself can ultimately make you a better caregiver.

What services does the Tennessee Respite Coalition provide?

You can find all of our services on this page.

How is my donation distributed?

Your donation will help the TRC serve family caregivers. You can buy hours of respite time for a family caregiver for $5/hour.

I want to donate, but not online

Please mail your donation to:
2200 21st Avenue South, Suite 310
Nashville, TN 37212
Or call our office at (615) 269-8687 to make a donation.

Are there any other ways I can help?

During the month of November, the TRC hosts events around the state for National Family Caregiver Month. Many of these events need donations of door prizes or pampering items for caregivers.

Please call (615) 269-8687 for more information on how to donate items for caregivers.

You could become a TRC volunteer. Go to the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information on how to volunteer.

Need Help?Call Our Helpline

We can help provide assistance to those in need. Simply reach out to us through our helpline number. We are available during business hours.