Respite

It is very important to take a bit of time out from caring, either with regular breaks each week, or by organising a week-long stay for the person you care for in a care home or similar. It is a good idea to plan ahead for a holiday which you may have booked, or to decide if you’d value a break in 6 weeks or so. It can take a while for respite to be arranged, so is worth looking into as soon as possible.

Respite options and funding

The following sites will give you some ideas about how to access respite and to fund it.

www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/yourself/timeoff/Pages/Accessingrespitecare.aspx

www.carers.org/help-directory/respite-care

www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=140

Our Carer Advisors can help talk you through some of the options for getting a break from caring and may sometimes be able to help access a grant for you. If you would like to discuss this any further with someone, please contact the Carers Advisors on 0114 272 8362.

 Last revised: 20 June 2017