Carers of people with mental illness often suffer from an increased burden, distress, health problems and lower life satisfaction. Respite care involves relieving carers of their duties by employing professional carers and volunteers for a short time. Researchers from Queensland University in Australia studied 20 carers, 10 of whom used respite care and 10 of whom did not. Over the course of the 3-month study the group receiving respite care showed a decrease in burden but an increase in stress while the other group did not change over time.
Jardim, Claudia and Pakenham, Kenneth I. - Pilot investigation of the effectiveness of respite care for carers of an adult with mental illness Clinical Psychologist November 2009, 13(3), 87-93