Taking a break from caring - respite care
Respite care is any sort of help and support that enables a person to take a break from the responsibility of caring for somebody else.
Caring for someone can be a full-time job and, like any job, you sometimes need to take a break. It is important to remember that if you go too long without taking a proper break, you may become ill, anxious or depressed. This can make life more difficult for you and the person you are caring for.
What is respite care
The NHS Choices - Respite care provides a comprehensive information service and has a very useful section on respite care.
Respite care in West Berkshire
Section 6 of the Information for Carers (booklet) [1Mb] lists a variety of local groups and organisations that provide respite care. They can give you more information about their services and how you can book them yourself. Some services may be charged for.
Help from West Berkshire Council
Get in touch with Adult Social Care. They will tell you about the respite care options that are available, this could be care that you arrange yourself or care that is arranged by the Council. If you want to have help from the Council they will offer you a Carers Assessment. After the assessment you will be told if you are eligible for help from the Council. If you are eligible they will explain about any charges that you may have to pay. Not everyone has to pay for their care but you will need a financial assessment if you think you might be eligible for free or reduced cost care. Further information is available in the Charging for respite care guidance [287kb] handout.