If you’re caring for someone, you need to have some time away from attending to that person’s needs so that you can look after your own well-being, get on with other things that you have to do and take the pressure off the relationship you have with that person.
This is sometimes called having a short break or respite.
A short break might involve the person you care for being looked after by other people either at home or elsewhere. It might be for a few hours during the day or for a number of days and nights at a time.
It’s important that whatever breaks you have, they are as easy to organise as possible (or it would take away from the benefits of having a break!) and that they are a positive experience for you and the person you care for.
If you are caring for someone who is over 65 years old, our Short Breaks Service could help you to arrange a break from your caring responsibilities.
- Information on short break opportunities, both locally and outwith East Lothian
- Time to talk – so that both you and the person you care for can think about your needs
- Help to make the best use of Direct Payments/Self Directed Support from the Social Work Department to pay for breaks.
- Help to arrange care while away from home
- Information about mobility equipment hire
- Information about transport options
- Assistance to apply for any available grants
- A supportive service where caring issues are understood
If you’d like to find out more, please contact:
Julie Oswald, Short Breaks Co-ordinator on 0131 653 1052.
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org