Hi all I'm still new to all this and wanted to air my feelings on respite care. My dad is only 53 and has Pick's Disease. The change in him over the last few years is astonishing. It breaks my heart when I look at him but I know it's something I've got to deal with. My mum, who is only 51 is his full time carer. They've been married for 31 years. In November, my dad is due to go into respite for a week. I know this is the best thing for my dad and will give my mother a well deserved break. It's going to tear her apart when we take him in even though I know it's only for a week. How can we best prepare for this and how can I stay strong for my mum. There will come a time when he has to go in for good and I suppose this is good practice for when the time comes.