Respite and Carer Holidays
Breaks from caring
Being a carer can be a rewarding and positive experience. Without breaks from your caring role it can also be tiring and overwhelming. Breaks are essential to a carer’s quality of life and personal wellbeing.
How breaks can help
Breaks can help carers to:
- focus on other parts of their life
- look after their own health needs
- connect with family, friends, and the community
- restore balance to their life
- rest and recuperate
Breaks can also be beneficial to the person they care for to:
- enjoy new experiences and activities
- have a change of scene or routine
- connect with different people
Types of breaks
There are many different ways carers can take breaks, from a few minutes to a few days. Only carers know what break is best for them. Some examples of breaks could include:
- Getting out and about for a few hours
- Meeting new people
- Going to the gym or going shopping for a day or afternoon
- Visiting friends or family overnight or for a weekend
- Starting a Yoga, swimming or art class (anything as long as it is for you)
Many breaks for carers can be accessed by carers themselves, either by taking some time out of their day or getting help from friends and family.
In order to receive services, which help with breaks, from Lincolnshire Carers Service and Lincolnshire County Council’s Adult Care:
Carers UK has a factsheet called Taking a Break which has further useful information about breaks for carers.
The Lincolnshire Carers Service can provide further information and advice about taking a break.