Most people who need help to stay independent are best cared for by the people they know, their family and friends. But carers can find it difficult to cope with caring for someone every day without a break.
So we provide short breaks (sometimes called respite care) to help carers, and the person they care for, to take a break.
We also provide short breaks for people who don’t have a carer, to support them and maintain their independence.
A break can be for a few hours or a few days, depending on whether the carer needs time to attend an appointment, to have an operation, or for a rest so they feel able to continue caring for someone.
A break can also be longer, if needed. The longer breaks may take place in a care home or with a carefully selected family, or a live in carer may be arranged.
We may provide respite care as part of your support, if your assessment shows you have critical or substantial social care needs. How to get support.
We may also provide respite care to support a carer, ask for a Carers Needs Assessment.
As part of planning your support, we will carry out a financial assessment to work out how much you can afford to pay towards your support. More about care costs.
There are a several ways you can take a short break.
The cared for person is looked after by someone else for a while, either in residential care home or nursing care, or on holiday.
Someone comes to stay in home of the cared for person and takes over care for a while (for a few hours or sometimes overnight) so the carer can go out or have some time on their own.
The cared for person can be helped to take part in activities outside the home, for instance at a social centre or day care centre.
We carefully match carers and the person they care for with our specially trained and approved carers. About Sharing Lives.
Carers can receive a grant of up to £200 to pay for activities or holidays when they take a break from caring. Time for Me Carer Breaks.
Making Space workers can provide care while the carer goes shopping, visits family or friends, attends hospital appointments and so on.
How the support is provided is up to the carer and the person they care for.
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