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Being a carer can be hard work and you might need to take a break sometimes.

Respite can mean different things to different carers, it can mean:

  • short term residential care – where the person you care for goes to stay in a care home or other residential setting for a short time,
  • getting more paid help at home – this could be via paid workers helping with care or getting more help with tasks around the home,
  • getting someone to keep the person you care for company whilst you go out - sitting and befriending services,
  • doing something you enjoy,
  • you, or the person you care for, taking part in activities outside the home, or
  • taking a holiday with or without the person you care for.

Make sure you ask for a carer’s assessment as it looks at the support you need to carry on caring – this could include regular respite and breaks.