Carer breaks

Find out how to take a break from caring, including arranging respite care.

Older woman with daughter

Being a carer can be emotionally and physically tiring. Many carers don't think enough about their wellbeing and may suffer from stress as a result.

Taking a break from caring is essential, even if it's only for a few hours.

A break might be just an hour or so visit a friend, or it might be for a longer period such as a weekend away.

Help from your friends or family

Many carers find that a friend or family member may be able to provide care or support for a few hours or more so that they can take a break.

If you have no one who can do this, you may still be able to take a break in other ways.

Arranging care and support yourself

There are many options you can use should you need to take a break from caring. You can:

  • arrange for a home care agency to support the person you care for and keep them company
  • organise for the person you care for to attend a day centre, activity group or club. This is usually during the day but can take place in the evening
  • arrange for a short-term placement in a care home should you need a longer break. This is called respite care.

How to spend your break

There are many ways you can take a break from caring, from a few hours to a few days. Only you will know what break is best.

Some examples of breaks could include:

  • sitting in your garden or reading a book 
  • going to the gym or going shopping for a day or afternoon
  • visiting friends or family overnight or for a weekend
  • taking part in group activities for carers

There are many support organisations in Suffolk which provide activities or can organise breaks away for carers.

You can search for these services on our Suffolk InfoLink website.

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