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Respite care (replacement care)

Respite care is another word for temporary care. It gives unpaid carers a temporary break from their responsibilities.

It can cover many things that could include:

  • a temporary stay in a residential care home for the person you look after
  • going on holiday - either with, or without, the person you care for
  • going to a group activity or event

How to arrange respite care

We have listed all the care homes, and organisations, in Plymouth that offer respite care facilities. You should contact them for more information and decide which one is right for you.

View all services and organisations in the respite category »

If you are a carer, it is important you take a break if you feel you need it. Caring is demanding and you need to recharge your batteries. Respite care gives you the option to have a break, safe in the knowledge the person you care for is being looked after.

Using direct payments to get time off caring

If you are eligible for support, the Council will develop a support plan with you. This will include a personal budget, which you can choose to have as a direct payment.

For example, you may choose to: 

  • hire a care worker through an agency so you can go on a shopping trip
  • use the direct payment to pay for a supported holiday for both you and the person you care for.

If you need help or advice from Plymouth City Council please email gateway@plymouth.gov.uk or phone 01752 668000.

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