Taking a Break from Caring
Caring for someone can have a considerable impact on your health and wellbeing.
Breaks are a vital way of helping you maintain your wellbeing as they provide you with the time and space to recharge your batteries. It is important that you understand the options available to you and know how to access them.
If your Carer's Assessment identifies that you have eligible needs, North Tyneside Council will develop a support plan with you and may agree that you need a break as part of your support plan. Your support plan will include a personal budget which specifies the amount of money available to meet your needs. You can use your budget to pay for support or services to maintain your health and wellbeing.
You may also want to consider funding or getting a break from caring by:
- Asking family and friends to help
- Paying for a break yourself
- Accessing funding from a benevolent fund or charity e.g. the Family Holiday Association, the Family Fund
- Getting leisure discounts e.g. North Tyneside’s Carers Ease Card offers discounted social and leisure activities.
The person you care for may benefit from an Adult Social Care Wellbeing Assessment. If the person you care for meets the criteria for services and accesses support, this can relieve aspects of your caring role.
Services and support for the person you care for may include:
Replacement Care and Respite Care
Replacement care is designed to replace the care that you, as a carer, would normally be giving the person you care for. You might want to consider:
- Homecare services - these can either be provided: during the day to give you the opportunity to access leisure/social time; during the night if you require support to help you full night's sleep. Support can involve sitting with the person you care for and keeping them company and helping them to get up, washed and dressed or taking the person you care for out to access their local community.
- Residential or nursing care – this is where the person you're caring for goes for a short stay in a residential or nursing home to give you a break.
- Day care – this is where the person you're caring for goes to a day centre or takes part in activities away from home.
North Tyneside Council will discuss the options available with you and can provide you with a list of accredited providers to choose from. You can ask the local authority to arrange services for you or ask the Carers’ Centre to support you with this.
You have the right to ask for a direct payment instead of having the service arranged by the Council. A direct payment is a cash payment which allows you to organise care services yourself. Direct payments will give you greater choice and flexibility to find a service which meets your individual needs. You can use the money to buy care from an agency or to directly employ your own staff. North Tyneside Council has a list of approved direct payments providers who can support you with this.
If you would like to find out more information about taking a break from caring, please contact the Centre on (0191) 643 2298.
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