When you’re caring for someone full-time or for long periods, you may need to have breaks otherwise you may start to feel stressed, resentful or even unwell.
A number of different care options are available to give you time off. To access some of them you will need to be referred to your social services or local authority for an assessment. They will assess the needs of the person you care for and your needs as a carer. They will then be able to tell you about the services they can provide to meet your needs. Local authorities charge for some care services and they will give you information about how the care will be funded.
- respite care
- residential and nursing home care
- hospice and hospital care.