Friends and family
Friends and family members are often happy to take over caring for the person you are looking after in order to allow you to go on a short break or holiday. Sometimes you can arrange for friends or family to visit the person you are looking after and provide alternative care while you are away. Alternatively, it may mean that the person you are looking after will need to stay with a friend or relative while you take a break.
Respite support and short breaks from your local council
If the person you look after has had an assessment of their support needs from the council, and is eligible for support, then their personal budget and support plan may include a sum of money and a plan for respite care (or, for people with learning disabilities, a 'short break').
The amount of the personal budget to be used for respite care will depend on the level of need of the person you look after.
This respite element of the personal budget can be spent flexibly to suit the needs of you and the person you look after. Some of the forms of support which you might want to consider include:
- support in a care home where the person you are looking after goes for a short stay
- a 'short break' if the person you look after has a learning disability
- a day-sitting service, where a home carer supports the person you look after, and allows you to take a break to go shopping, meet up with friends, or have time for yourself
- night care where someone stays at your home to keep an eye on the person you look after, and allow you to get a good night's sleep
- day care, where the person you are looking after goes to a day centre or takes part in activities away from home allowing you a break from caring
- help and support when you want to go on holiday by yourself or with the person you care for
If you are already responsible for arranging or paying for care for the person you look after, you may want to make additional arrangements yourself. This could mean:
- employing a paid care worker to care for the person you are looking after in their own home
- paying for short-term support in a care home
- arranging for the person you look after to attend a day centre
- arranging a holiday for the person you are looking after.