There are two options to support you when you need to take a short break from care.
A short stay away from home can be arranged for the person you care for - either for a couple of days or longer.
This is known as respite care and can be a welcome change for the person you care for, as well as giving you, the carer, a much needed break.
Depending on your needs you can choose whether it is flexible over a long period of time or for specific periods of time.
A social worker or a health professional can help you to get a carer's assessment which will identify your needs in supporting the person you care for.
To contact your local social care office:
Adult carer short breaks
You may be entitled to a carer short break which provides a set amount of time for you to have for yourself. The short breaks are available to all eligible carers who have undertaken a carer's assessment.
Kemble Care, Crossroads Care or Scope can all offer services to provide support for the person you care for. This can include personal care duties and light domestic duties.
Carers breaks are individually tailored for the convenience of the carer. The person with care needs can be involved in the planning to ensure they also enjoy the time. The short break can be provided on a one-to-one basis at home or supported in the community.
To request a carer's assessment: