We know that caring for someone else can be hard. Sometimes having a short break – anything from just a few hours to a few weeks – can mean a lot.
Benefits can include catching up with everyday things such as:
- meeting with friends and family
- going shopping
Taking a break also give the person you care for:
- a chance to meet new people
- have a change of scenery and routine
You can find a variety of breaks during the day, evening and weekend in or away from your home.
Types of breaks
Day centres offer a range of activities for older adults living alone, with their families or carers.
Other examples of breaks include:
- sitting services and holiday care cover
- respite activities at Thurrock Carers Centre
- short residential stays for disabled adults
- short residential stays for older adults
- holidays with the person you care for
We can help carers access other leisure and learning opportunities away from their caring role. You may be eligible for a carers direct payment, which can help reduce the financial pressure of being a carer and be used towards time for yourself. To access opportunities and direct payments, you must first have a carer's assessment.
You can get more information and advice from Thurrock Carers Service – a support service provided by voluntary organisations for carers in Thurrock.
To talk about different types of break, or to ask about carer's assessments, contact us below.