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Respite breaks for carers of adults

If you care for a friend or relative who is an older person, or has a learning or physical disability or suffers a mental health problem, you may be able to access respite care services.

Types of breaks

Day respite

Day respite can be provided to offer short periods of respite for carers and the people they care for. This is offered in a range of different ways, either through support at homeday centres for older people or via adult day care resources and enhanced care units.

The Homeshare day care scheme gives carers a break from their caring role by looking after the cared-for person in a volunteer’s home, in small groups or as individuals.

It may also be possible to access services provided by the private and voluntary sector.

Search the iCare directory to see what day respite services are available locally.

Residential respite

Residential respite and phased care can be provided in a residential setting to enable carers to have a break from their caring role. Please contact us for more information and to find out what’s available.

Leisure activities for older people and adults with disabilities

There are many charities, voluntary organisations and clubs that organise leisure and social activities in the area, which are targeted at specific groups of people, such as people with disabilities and older people.


There is a charge for home care and residential care services. How much you will pay will determined by a financial assessment. Please contact us for more information.

Direct payments

Direct payments may also be available to carers to pay for a short break for themselves.

How to access respite services

Respite needs will be identified via an assessment by your care manager. If there is no care package in place, please see our needs assessment information to arrange an assessment for the person you look after and our carers’ assessment information to arrange an assessment for yourself.

Page updated on: 3 July 2019

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