Breaks for carers
If you undertake a caring role you may experience problems with stress or ill health. You and the person you care for may benefit from short replacement care.
Short replacement care
You may be entitled to respite care services if you care for:
- an older person
- someone who has a learning disability or autism
- someone with a mental health problem
- someone with a physical disability
Short periods of replacement care, either at home or in a day centre, can be provided to support the carer to do the things they want or need to do.
Residential replacement care can be provided to enable the carer to have a break from their caring role.
If you are eligible for any of these services you may need to contribute something towards the cost. We will carry out a financial assessment and benefits check for you to determine any contribution you are required to make.
Carer Time Out
This refers to all activities or practical support that is for you as a carer.
This could include attending a craft group, swimming or even just having time for a coffee with friends.
You are entitled to a carers assessment to establish if you are eligible for monetary support from the council or whether you will be signposted to community and voluntary services.