Taking a Break: Daily Respite Effects of Adult Day Services as Objective and Subjective Time Away From Caregiving


This study investigated how objective and subjective breaks from caregiving were associated with caregivers’ daily emotional health. Caregivers reported an average of 7.12 respite hours on Adult Days Services (ADS) days and 1.74 respite hours on non-ADS days. Having more objective respite was associated with higher positive affect, whereas more subjective respite was associated with lower negative affect, after controlling for ADS use and other factors. In addition, as a result of objective respite, caregivers with more work conflict experienced more benefits to their positive affect.