Keywords: respite, respite care

Sign Definition

As a Noun

1. A short period of rest from something difficult, demanding or unpleasant. English = respite.
2. A short period of time during which someone cares for someone who is sick, disabled or aged so that the person who usually cares for them can have a rest or a break. English = respite care.


1. There appears to be no commonly used Auslan sign for RESPITE or RESPITE CARE. The signer in the video is explaining the meaning of this word using simple signs and fingerspelling. If you know a sign for RESPITE used by you or other Auslan users (deaf people or interpreters) please go to "missing sign feedback" and supply details. Thank you
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