Why don’t you try? : Find out about the different options for how you can get help to take a break from caring
What are the options?
There are different options for getting support for the person you are looking after while you are taking a break. Getting help from the social services / social work department:
- England and Wales: your local council will have a social services department that can arrange services to help support you
- Scotland: your local council will have a social work department that can arrange services to help support you
- Northern Ireland: your local Health and Social Care Trust will have a social services department that can arrange services to help support you In order to get these services, you and the person you are looking after will need to have your needs assessed.
Arranging care yourself
You may wish to make your own private arrangements, such as:
- employing a paid care worker (directly or through an agency) to care for the person you are looking after in their own home
- paying for short-term residential care arranging a holiday for the person you are looking after.
Support from friends and family
Some carers may be able to ask friends or family members to take over caring for the person they are looking after in order to go on a short break or holiday. Sometimes this may mean that friends or family visit the person being cared for to provide care while the carer is away. Alternatively, it may mean that the person being looked after goes to stay with family or friends for an extended period.
Organisations that can help
There are many useful organisations that can help you get a break. They may provide break services for carers or the person being looked after, or provide information to help you to decide what alternative care services to use. Your local council/trust or carers’ centre (or Carers NI if you are in Northern Ireland) should have information about local charities and organisations.
Getting help through the social services / social work department
Social services /social work departments can arrange alternative care for the person you are looking after so that you can take a break from caring. This is usually called respite care. To get respite care you and the person you are looking after would need to get assessments from the social services / social work department. There are different assessments for you and the person you are looking after.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
If your loved ones needs have become unmanageable for yourself schedule an appointment with your local authority or their GP, Book time to take a break during the day for yourself,
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