Breaks from caring - respite

It is important that carers get a break from the responsibility of looking after someone from time to time.

The type of break you need will depend on your own requirements and circumstances, and those of the person you care for.

A break may not mean being completely apart from the person you care for. You may choose, for example, to take a break with the person you care for with some extra support to look after the person you care for.

In some cases, assistive technology at home or wearable personal alarms for the person you care for can give you peace of mind and small ‘breaks’ from caring.

Breaks for carers

There may be a charge for these services, depending on your circumstances:

  • homecare support provided in a person’s own home that helps them to remain as independent as possible
  • residential care short-term residential care providing accommodation, meals and personal care, like help with washing and eating
  • daycare there is a wide range of daytime activities and support for older people and people with a learning difficulty across Brighton & Hove
  • personal alarms specialist wearable alarms for the person you care for to give you peace of mind
  • telecare (assistive technology) equipment installed in your home to help you and the person you care for to stay safe

Home-based respite

Some local organisations specialise in providing home-based respite services to give carers a break from caring. Local organisations include:

Arrange a break

To arrange care for the person you look after so that you can have a break, the person you care for will need to have an assessment.

If the person you care for does not want to have an assessment, you can still have a carer’s assessment but we won't be able to arrange care for the person you care for unless they have an assessment.

Roffey Park

We have joined up with Roffey Park to offer carers a relaxing weekend break of insight, inspiration and social fun. Carers can join some helpful, thought provoking, practical, fun activities or just chill out and enjoy the excellent facilities and grounds. For more information and how to refer a carer if you are a professional see the Roffey Park Carers' weekend breaks flyer (PDF 146KB).

Planning for emergencies

The Emergency Back-Up Scheme aims to give peace of mind to carers. The scheme provides home-based care at short notice for up to 48 hours if you can't look after the person you care for. You'll need to draw up and register an emergency plan giving details of people who may be able to provide care in your place. If you don't have family or friends who would be able to assist at short notice then back-up services may be provided by the council.

Any home care service provided through the Emergency Back-up Scheme is free for up to 48 hours once your plan has been agreed and registered. After 48 hours, a charge may be made to the person you care for depending on their financial circumstances.

For further information about the back-up scheme for carers please read the guidance notes (PDF 86KB).

To apply please download and complete an emergency backup plan application form (PDF 629KB) or emergency backup application form for Word 97-present (DOC 171KB).