If you're a carer, you might need to take a break sometimes.

Respite care and how to pay for it

How you pay for respite depends on the type of respite you need and your personal circumstances. You may be able to get help, or you may need to pay for care yourself.

Learn more

Sitting and befriending services

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.

Find out more


Holidays are a good way to recharge your batteries, with or without the person you care for.

Find out more about taking a break

Paid help at home

When choosing a care provider there are a number of things to consider to ensure you, the person you care for and your family receive the best quality support.

Find out more

Care homes

There may come a time when the person you care for can no longer be looked after at home and may need to move permanently into a care home.

Learn more about choosing and paying for a care home

Help with tasks at home

How to arrange respite care

  1. Ask your local council for a carer’s assessment (Adult Carer Support Plan in Scotland) as it looks at the support you need – this could include regular respite and carer breaks. Get in touch with your local council if you haven't had an assessment yet.
  2. Find out about paying for respite.
  3. Get in touch with your local carer service as they will be able to help you find out more about taking a break.
  4. Try talking to your family and friends and see if they can help by giving you a break.
  5. Find out more about buying care at home, from a care support worker or a personal assistant.

Date revised: 26/02/2019