Being a carer is rewarding, but also challenging and hard work. You will need to take breaks, as they are a vital way to maintain your wellbeing: they provide you with the time and space to recharge your batteries away from your caring role. You can’t look after someone if you’re worn out yourself.
Respite can mean different things to different people, for example:
- you could get more paid help at home to cover care duties during the day, so that you can leave the house for a while; or at night, so that you can get a full night’s sleep,
- you could get more paid help at home to cover general tasks around the house while you concentrate on caring duties,
- someone could keep the person you care for company while you go out (sitting and befriending services),
- the person you care for can attend activities outside the home,
- the person you care for can stay in a care home or other residential setting for a short time,
- you can take part in activities outside the home, with or without the person you care for,
- you can take a holiday, with or without the person you care for.
We can help you make sure that you get your carer’s assessment, as it looks at the support you need to carry on caring and this could include regular respite and breaks. We will also do our best to find possible sources of funding for respite and breaks, and help you with information and advice about your options for organising and planning them. Just get in touch with us.