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Time Out and Short Breaks

Having a break is likely to help you cope with caring and give you time to recharge your batteries.

You may want a break so that you can follow your own interests or catch up with family or friends. You may want to plan a longer break to allow you to go on holiday. The person you care for may benefit from a break too, for example by getting out of the house, meeting people or taking part in interesting activities.

To allow you to take a short break you might consider the following:

  • residential care to enable you to go away on holiday or have a long rest.
  • care at a day centre, day care resource or a care home to give you a break for a day or more a week.
  • care by a trained person for a few hours in your home to give you a short break.
  • additional help for the person you care for.
Last reviewed: 15/11/2016

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Shared Lives is about individuals, couples and families offering care and support to an individual in the family home. Shared lives is available through day opportunities, short breaks or respite and long-term support.

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