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Carers Week: Supporting You To Take A Break

We see first-hand how carers like yourself go above and beyond to navigate various types of challenges on a daily basis. That is why we are strong advocates of self-care and taking a break when possible. 

From a 30 minute break to a more extended period, you are more than deserving of a break as a carer. When discussing holidays or time away in the care sector, the phrase ‘Respite care’ is often used. From a short stay in a care home, alternative home care to attending a day service, many factors can be considered when discussing Respite care. 

You give at work, so we want you to win at life.

First steps to consider

One of the first measures you should take when preparing for a break is having a plan of action. In many cases, carrying out a carer’s assessment can help you outline what type of break would suit you best and what options are available.

When considering a break or time away, the person you care for may need someone else to step in and continue their care and support. By having an action plan, you can feel assured they are in safe hands.

Give yourself permission.

More often than not, carers feel guilty for taking time off. It is essential to remember that you also have needs that must be met, and by not allowing yourself to take that time will only hinder your life, health and well-being. We all need time to ‘recharge our batteries’ to ensure we are the best version of ourselves in all areas of our life.

Friends and Family

Sometimes, your friends and family can step in and take over the caring duties so that you can have a break. All families and their dynamics are different, but if you have a close loved one that could be of assistance, why not give them a call? For instance, if you want to take 2 hours off a week to go to an evening class, the cinema, or simply sit in the bath and relax, asking a loved one for that support could be a big help. 

Respite holidays and local support

In many cases, the city council and local charities can often provide support for carers that are looking to take a break. Both local charities and the city council often run day centres, clubs, and specialist day services.

In some cases, the local council can arrange respite care where the person you care for is looked after. It is likely that a charge for this will be required, but thankfully, carers Trusts, charities, and organisations can help with that. Here are some examples:

  • AgeUK can help you fund Respite care!
  • A family on a low income that cares for a child with a severe disability could get a grant from the Family Fund for the cost of a holiday.
  • Some charities, such as the Family Holiday Association, can offer supported holidays. Or, they can help with the cost of a holiday to low-income families. However, please note that you will need to be referred by your social worker, GP, a charity, a welfare agent or a health visitor. 

A holiday with the person you care for could still be a break

There are various holidays, days out, and trips you can take with your loved one that will help you feel recharged. In many cases, breaking a routine and visiting somewhere new can be great for your mental health and make you feel rejuvenated and ready. 

As a Discounts for Carers member, you can save on your next booking and day out by using one of our incredible deals and discounts. Simply head on over to our website and browse our travel deals!

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