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Respite care / carer breaks

Everyone deserves time out. You may care for a relative or are in need of care yourself. Taking a break from your usual routine can do the world of good.

What is respite?

Also known as a short care break, respite care allows the person you care for to be looked after by someone else on a temporary basis.

This may be in their own home, attending a day opportunities service, staying in a residential care home, a nursing home, or a hospice.  

Depending on the circumstances and an individual’s needs, a respite stay can range from a few hours to a few weeks, and can be arranged on a recurring or one off basis.

What sort of break, and for how long, is up to you. As a carer,  you may feel you need to have short regular breaks to:

  • enjoy a hobby  
  • get some exercise  
  • take care of your own needs  
  • catch up on some sleep

Alternatively, you may need a longer break.

Carer's assessment

If you’re spending a lot of time caring for someone on a regular basis, you have the right to a carer’s assessment. This covers your own needs, including your need for a break and time to yourself.

The assessment of your needs as a carer can be carried out at the same time as the assessment of the person you are caring for. It can also be carried out separately. 

Further information about this and how to get one can be found on the adult carers page.

Carer's personal wellbeing budget

If you as a carer are eligible for support, you may also be eligible for a Carer's Personal Wellbeing Budget to help meet your needs

This is money to help you in your caring role. You could use this to pay towards a break or support to help improve your health and wellbeing.

Emergency respite care

Respite care may be available in an emergency, please contact us to discuss your needs should this type of situation arise. 

How can I arrange my own respite care?

Sometimes family and friends can help share your caring responsibilities. If you don’t have a personal support network, you could arrange for respite care using:

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