When you are looking after someone with cancer, you might need to take time off caring to give yourself a break. If you don’t, you could become stressed, unwell or very tired.
Respite care can provide short or longer breaks for carers. It could be for a few hours, an evening, or a week or two. There are different respite care options available, including sitting services, day centres or short stays in a hospice, hospital, or care home.
To get respite care, a social worker will need to assess your needs and the needs of the person you care for. This is called a community care assessment or needs assessment. They will then be able to tell you about the services that are available. Local authorities charge for some care services and they will give you information about how the care will be paid for.
Some charities, such as The Respite Association can also help with respite breaks for carers. This usually involves them arranging care packages for one or two weeks so that carers can get some rest.
Talking about your situation with someone else can be helpful. Ask your GP or specialist palliative care nurse about this. They may suggest some of the following care services.