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Taking a break from your caring role can have a positive effect on both you and the person you care for. A break is different for everyone, depending on the needs of both you and the person you care for.
Replacement care can take many forms.
- Welfare visits – a short visit by a provider to the person you care for, to ensure they are safe.
- A Home service – someone to stay with the person you care for to allow you to have a break.
- Activity support – accessible sailing/gardening projects.
- Personal care – help with meals or medication.
- Day Care or Live in Care
- Residential care – to access respite in a residential setting.
- Holidays together – opportunities for you to have a break while the person you care for is being supported.
- Support for you as the family carer – help with your housework!
Help from family, friends or neighbours
Sometimes as family carers we don’t like to ask for help. If you reach out, you may be surprised. Family and friends can support you and the person you care for, allowing you to have a break. Could somebody give you a rest by helping with gardening or housework?
Are you able to give yourself more respite?
Can you rest while the person you care for is watching a film, sleeping or with professional carers who may be supporting them? Suffolk Family Carers can help you to identify if there are any ways to create time that may not be obvious to you. Contact our information Hub for more details.
Suffolk Family Carers offer a number of services to help you get a break.
Respite on Prescription
GPs across Suffolk can request Respite on Prescription to provide replacement care whilst you are in hospital having a planned procedure or diagnostic appointment that you may have otherwise put off due to your caring responsibilities.
Neurological Care Breaks
We may be able to arrange funding for planned replacement care through our Neurological Care Break Scheme, available to carers of people over 18 with diagnosed neurological conditions.
Programmes & Workshops
Many organisations provide funding for replacement care whilst you take part in a workshops or programme to help with your caring role.
A number of other options are available to help you to get a break from your caring role
A Carers Assessment looks at your caring role, how it affects you, what is important to you and what support is required to help you achieve that. You can ask for a Carers Assessment by contacting Customer First at Suffolk County Council’s Adult and Community Services.
Carers Needs Assessment
A Carers Needs Assessment reviews the needs of the person you care for and determines if additional support is required (e.g. help with personal care, someone to be with them, day care or a welfare visit). You can discuss the specific situation with the person undertaking the assessment. A Financial Assessment is carried out at the same time to determine if a contribution to the cost of care is required.
Help with selecting a care provider can be found on our separate information guide. Alternatively, the Suffolk Care Services Directory (produced by Care Choices), The Care Quality Commission, NHS Carers Direct, Age UK or Adult Community Services can provide additional information.
If the person you care for does not need a care provider with them full time, Assistive Technology such as a pendant or wrist alarm, remote monitoring or motion sensors, may give you peace of mind to leave them safely on their own for a period of time. Suffolk County Council provide more details.
Take a Holiday
Taking a holiday, either with the person you care for or independently, will have a positive impact. Specialist providers will provide care during the break.
Help the person you care for find employment, or identify alternative activities which can be beneficial for them and create time for you to take a break.
Respite Activities for Parent Carers
Activities Unlimited provides fun activities for children and young people with disabilities. An assessment will consider your needs as a parent carer. Suffolk County Council Children and Young People’s Services can be contacted about short breaks or replacement care.
The below table provides details of organisations that can help.
|Arrange for Paid Care||Age UK||www.ageuk.org/suffolk||01473 351234|
|Arrange for Paid Care||Care Choices - Suffolk Care Services Directory||www.carechoices.co.uk/|
|Arrange for Paid Care||Care Quality Commission (CQC)||www.cqc.org.uk||03000 616161|
|Arrange for Paid Care||NHS Carers Direct||www.nhs.uk||0300 123 1053|
|Arrange for Paid Care||Suffolk County Council||infolink.suffolk.gov.uk|
|Arrange for Paid Care||Suffolk Family Carers||www.suffolkfamilycarers.org||01473 835477|
|Care Needs Assessment||Adult Community Services||www.suffolk.gov.uk||0808 800 4005|
|Carers Assessment||Adult Community Services||www.suffolk.gov.uk/care-and-support-for-adults/||0808 800 4005|
|Employment Opportunities||The Shaw Trust||www.shaw-trust.org.uk||0300 30 33 111|
|Employment Opportunities||Realise Futures||www.realisefutures.org/||01473 242500|
|Monitoring or Response Service||Suffolk County Council||infolink.suffolk.gov.uk||0845 124 9971|
|Neurological Care Breaks||Suffolk Family Carers||www.suffolkfamilycarers.org||01473 835477|
|Respite Activities For Parent Carers||Activities Unlimited||www.access-unlimited.co.uk/||01473 260026|
|Respite Activities For Parent Carers||Suffolk County Council||0808 800 4005|
|Respite on Prescription||Suffolk Family Carers||www.suffolkfamilycarers.org||01473 835477|
|Take a Holiday||Disabled Holidays||www.disabledholidays.com/||0161 804 9898|
|Take a Holiday||Leonard Cheshire||www.leonardcheshire.org||020 3242 0200|
|Take a Holiday||Sailability||infolink.suffolk.gov.uk|
|Taking A Break||Carers UK||www.carersuk.org|
|Workshops & Programmes||Music in Our Bones||www.musicinourbones.btck.co.uk||07757 809297|
|Workshops & Programmes||Suffolk Family Carers||suffolkfamilycarers.org||01473 835477|