Every week I get calls from people who are tired and need a break from being the full time caregiver for a loved one. For a family member giving care, it can be a 24/7 never ending chore. This type of care can cause great stress on loving relationships. By the time I get a call the care-giving family member is desperate and wanting some sort of respite. Let me give some advice that may save not only your sanity but also your relationship. The answer is to set up ongoing respite care every week for at least 4 hours. One day a week were the full time care-giving family member can do anything they want to do. They may set this time to run errands or just read a book. This time is vital to re-vitalize your energy so the care you give the rest of the time is the best you can offer to a loved one.