If you care for someone, you may need support to take a break from caring.
Studies have shown that carers can be at increased risk of developing stress, ill health or mental health problems.
Taking a break can help both carers and the people they look after.
Services that might be available to help you include day activities and respite care.
Day activities might involve the person you care for visiting a support group, or a social or community group, during the daytime.
Respite care is where the person you care for goes for a short break in another setting. They might go to spend time with another family, or they might go into residential care for a short time.
Sitting services can provide short breaks for carers and can provide companionship for adults and older people who may be disabled or have mental health difficulties.
See also our page on the Shared Lives scheme for more details of respite care with another family, particularly for people with learning disabilities.
How much does it cost?
There are charges for these services. How much you pay will depend on what benefits, savings or income you have.
How to get these services
Talk to your social worker or the social worker of the person you care for.
When you or the person you care for has an assessment, your needs should be taken into account, including the need for time off from your caring role.
If you don’t have a social worker, contact us to discuss your needs.