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Taking time away from caring - the importance of carers having a break

It is important for your own wellbeing to be able to take breaks from the caring role. Time away from an unpaid caring role is sometimes called a short break, respite, or replacement care.

Making time for yourself, however, to catch up with friends, family, or simply rest is often difficult, but it can improve how you feel. Carers often neglect their own needs.

Having a break from caring leaves many carers feeling that they have renewed energy and can face whatever comes across their path.

There are many different ways to take a break, and many carers will need to make alternative arrangements for the person they care for.

To help you with this, we have produced a Respite Support Directory.

You might also wish to read the Carers First Pocket Guide (PDF) [2MB] .


Respite and Short Breaks Directory

Do you need time off (respite) from caring?

Do you need to find suitable replacement care?

The Respite Directory has been developed to help support carers in choosing the right services. We have included service directories and general care providers.

These are links where you can read about the importance of respite care for unpaid carers.

Adult Care and Support Services Directories

If you need support and live in Plymouth,. These directories provide a wide range of practical and general support for:

Care in the home

Social activities for the carer

Please note that you can also use a personal budget to facilitate a short break, which can include payments to wider family members.

Somewhere for the cared for person to go



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