I'm a long distance caregiver that lives 2 hours away from my mom. We've just hired a new private live in for my mom. My mom has schizophrenia and is in her early 60s. Her day to day needs are mainly companionship, meds, and housekeeping. As long as she takes her meds she's mentally stable. Also she is generally in good physical health. I've offered the caregiver one day off a week at her choosing as long as she finds a replacement. Whats confusing is my mom is in this strange middle stage where she doesn't necessarily need to be baby sat but still needs someone around the house for companionship, housekeeping, and transportation. I've created somewhat of a schedule by making sure she takes her meds for am and pm, and having her cook her breakfast, lunch and dinner. But I also explained to my caregiver that she doesn't necessarily need to bring my Mom with her everywhere if my Mom doesn't want to go. Or if she needs to take time off for dr. apps thats fine. But I'm still wary that I'm adding too much flexibility and if there needs to more be structure. And if so how do I create it. I understand caregiving is such a hard job so I want her to stay sane. But I also want to make sure she doesn't take advantage of the situation or starts bending rules while I'm not there. I was just thinking about giving her 2 hour breaks during the day with one day a week off. My Mom has never had a caregiver. This is new for our family as my Dad just past away last spring.