Getting a break can be vital to help you stay healthy and maintain good wellbeing. There are a few ways to do this:

Local groups and activities

There are lots of groups and activities specific to carers.

They include the popular carer's coffee and chat groups, activities in local areas and emotional support groups. These can help you have some time for yourself and talk to other people in similar situations.

Sitting and befriending schemes

Some local carer services and charities offer a sitting or befriending service where a trained person stays with the person you care for while you go out.

Respite care for the person you care for

Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else on a temporary basis.

Respite could be home care, day care centres and temporary care home stays or staying with a registered Shared Lives carer.

To access this service from the council, the person you care for will need to have their care needs assessed.

Respite services are financially assessed. The amount you will be asked to contribute will be based on what you can afford to pay.

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