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Time out or a short break for you

Carers breaks

We know that caring for someone else can be hard. Sometimes having some time out to do something you want to do can make a real difference.

Providing a break from the pressures of caring is a vital part of supporting quality of life for both carer and the person being cared for.

There are a number of organisations that can provide services to help you to take some time off from your caring role.

They offer:

  • information
  • advice
  • one-to-one support
  • group support
  • help to access other services that can help carers

There are a wide range of carers breaks services including:

  • Sitting services that could include somebody to 'sit' with the person you care for, to let you to have some time for yourself in the daytime or evening
  • Practical support to give you a break from other tasks
  • Group meetings with other carers or organised activities
  • Funding towards things like gym membership, relaxation treatments, sports tickets or outings to the theatre
  • Funding towards longer holidays with or without the person you care for
  • Additional support for the person you care for when you go away

Support from Adult Social Care

If the person you care for is eligible for social care help, you (the carer) may be eligible for support from Adults Social Care. A carer's assessment would need to be done with you.

The carers assessment will help work out how much support you need to:

  • continue your caring role
  • help you maintain your own health and well-being
  • how best this can be provided

Find out more about Carer's Assessments

There will be no charge for any additional care services provided directly to the person you care for whilst you take your break. For example sitting services or a short stay in a care home.

Temporary Services

Temporary services are often needed for other reasons for example, if you go into hospital or are unable to provide normal carer support due to illness or other commitments.

In these circumstances, we will provide additional support to the person you care for, either in their own home or in a care home as necessary.

The person you care for may need to contribute towards the cost of this care.

For care home services we will work out the charge using the same calculation we do for a permanent stay, which is based on income and savings.

For other services, a charge will be calculated according to our non-residential charging policy. You can find out more about charges for non-residential care by following the link below:

Find out more about Charges for Non-Residential care

Useful contacts

Carers FIRST

Phone: 0300 303 1555
Visit the Carers FIRST Website

Age UK Newham

Address: 655 Barking Road, London, E13 9EX
Phone: 020 8503 4800
Visit the Age UK Newham Website

Access to Adult Social Care Team

The Access team is the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries:

Access to Adult Social Care Team
Call: 0208 430 2000 Option 2
Text phone:18001 020 8430 2000

Opening hours
Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-4.45pm

When you contact us we'll discuss your situation over the phone to talk about your needs and discuss what is available to help you.

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