How to get a break


Being a carer can be hard work and you might need to take a break sometimes.  Respite is a short break, anything from a couple of hours to several weeks, away from caring to give you time to recharge your batteries. You may find that it helps you stay stay well and feel better able to cope with caring

You may also want to consider funding or getting a break from caring by:

  • Asking for care organised by your local authority
  • Getting funding from a benevolent fund or charity
  • Paying for a break yourself
  • Accessing bursaries and low-cost holidays
  • Getting leisure discounts
  • Asking friends and family to help


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Our own Pauline Manby shared with Merisha Stevenson of BBC Radio WM, the work we do to help support and raise awareness for unpaid carers. Watch the segment here.

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