Being a carer can be hard work and often very demanding, so taking a break from time to time is vital to your own wellbeing and for your quality of life.
As a carer there are different ways in which you may take a break. Only you will know what type of break is best for you. You may need an hour each week, a day here and there, a week or two for a holiday, or a combination of all of these. Some carers may choose to go on holiday with the person they are looking after or to go away alone – but a short break or holiday may not always involve going away. Some carers enjoy a short break from caring, which involves the person they are looking after going on holiday and the carer staying at home.
You may also want to think about respite care. This is an alternative care arrangement for the person you are caring for, so that you are able to take a break from caring. Respite is a short break – anything from a few of hours to a few weeks away to give you time to recharge your batteries.
Respite care can also include:
Support workers (care workers) or personal assistants helping with care at home. This is sometimes called replacement care. Or you might want to get more help with other tasks around the home, such as cleaning.
• The person you care for having a short stay in a care home (or nursing home).
• Getting someone to keep the person you care for company whilst you go out.
• Doing something you enjoy.
• Going on holiday with or without the person you care for.
In order to get respite care you and the person you are looking after would need to get assessments from Manchesters City Council’s social services department. You should also ensure you have a carers assessment as this looks at the support you need.
More information on carer’s assessments here
At Manchester Carers Forum, we organise regular day trips as well as a yearly weekend breaks for regular attendees of our carers support groups. These are specifically planned for carers to get away with others and find the time to take some well deserved R&R.
To find out more about our support groups, click here