Respite care is "time out" for the caregiver.  It's the caregiver's time to replenish, rejuvenate and relax.  It may be an afternoon, a day, a week or two or even a month.  It can be a vacation away or a sta-cation at home where someone else is the primary caregiver and you're free to do whatever you want or need to do.  You can hire a caregiver to come in or bring in a family member or trusted friend to cover for you while you take a much needed break.  There are long term care facilities that provide respite services and will care for your loved one for a period of time in their facility.