Hello everyone Well it's not mum's first respite but it is mine! It's been two years since Dad died and I took over the care of my mum. I have been in turmoil over her going into respite but I had to accept that I needed to have plans in place for the future. So any tips or advice about things mum should or shouldn't take would be great. I have already started a journal about how I manage mum and her likes and dislikes, and I am also doing a photo album with some pictures and information about all the children and grandchildren so at least the carer's have something to chat to her about. I am going to choose a room for her tommorrow and this will be the room mum will go into for each respite, (rolling respite 1 week in 8 is planned) so hopefully mum will become familiar with it. I am looking forward to the break but I am so so worried about leaving mum. I keep crying. I know it's for the best as her mobility has declined so much over the last six months, mum can't walk unaided now and I know it's only a matter of time before full time care is required so although I know it's a step in the right direction, my heart is aching, I love her so much, and I really don't want to have to let go.