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Time out or a short break

Time out or a short break for you(respite)

We know that caring for someone else can be hard. Sometimes just having a short break from your day to day responsibilities can be all that is needed to help you continue to care for your relative, neighbour or friend.

We know that caring for someone else can be difficult. Many carers find that they suffer from stress, tiredness and sometimes poor health. It can be hard to enjoy a social life or have any hobbies. Having a short break while someone else carries out your caring duties can give you time to relax, and in the long term can help you fulfil your role as a carer. If you care for someone else 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a break from your caring role is not a luxury – it is essential.

What is respite care?

Respite care can offer you short periods of time away from your caring role, and you can feel confident that the person you care for is safe and well looked after. Respite care can be provided at home and in day centres, or in some cases in residential homes for a short period.

Who can get respite care?

You can ask for respite care if you care for a friend or loved one who is an older person, has a learning or physical disability, or a mental health problem. You and the person you care for might need to have an assessment to find out what kind of support you need.

If you need support and advice, or want to apply for the services in your own right you can request a Carers Assessment contact the AdultSocialCare on 01708 432000. Or contact us on 01708 961111 for support in getting your Carers Assessment done.

The London Borough of Havering has a wide range of services and information on Carers Break and Respite. Click HERE to find out more about what's available for you.