The need for family caregivers to experience a break is well documented, and various respite services have been developed in response. However, if caregivers remain emotionally preoccupied about their loved one, they may not achieve a mental break, the true essence of respite. In this funded, qualitative inquiry, family caregivers were asked about their mental break experiences via 4 inhome interviews. Case-by-case and cross-case analyses generated content categories that, through structured analysis, yielded a working model. The content categories and the working model are presented here. Guidelines for program planning to help family members achieve mental breaks are also provided.