Providing 24/7 care can be exhausting, and respite programs are designed to give planned short-term breaks for families and other unpaid caregivers. As part of a respite program, a trained professional would step in as the caregiver for a short amount of time so the primary caregiver can take a break or run important errands. It’s not designed as daycare for work, but more so primary caregivers can take a moment for self-care – to go to the gym, to do important shopping, or even have a night out for dinner and a movie.