Short breaks give carers, and the people they care for, the opportunity to have a break and to ‘recharge their batteries’. These breaks used to be known as ‘respite care’.

A short break allows the carer to take a break while the person they care for is still looked after. There are a number of ways for this to happen. This could be an increased package of home care support which may include temporary night care, or a short break in a care home.

You can also ask the Council for an assessment. If you are eligible they may be able to help you pay for a break and help arrange short-term breaks for you or the person you care for.

All short breaks should be planned and booked in advance with a fixed end date. If you need support more urgently, please see the information on our Help for carers in crisis page.

You can find more information to help you below.