Breaks for carers
There are several services which can give you a break from caring, either away or in your own home:
- Night sitting service
This will allow you a full night's sleep, or a night away from home, by providing someone to care for the person you look after.
- Day time and evening sitting
Someone can sit with the person you care for so that you can go out during the day or in the evening.
- Short stays in residential care
The person you care for can have a short stay with a residential care service or within a dedicated respite service to give you both a break. The length of the break can be arranged to meet individual needs and can vary in length from one night to several weeks.
To find out about the residential services available, check the subject index (Breaks for carers) on the Social care and wellbeing hub.
- Day centres
Daytime support can be offered to the person that you care for. A range of daytime provision is available depending upon a person's individual interests and needs.
- Staying with a family
The person you care for can go and stay with another family or spend time with the family during the day while you have a break. This is a registered service and families are carefully matched to the people they support.
- Direct Payments
You can access Direct Payments for the person you care for, giving you greater flexibility around their care. With a Direct Payment, you can choose who provides the support and how this is provided.
- Carers Support Groups
Calderdale Carers is an organisation which is independent of Calderdale Council. It provides a number of support groups which offer carers social support, information and advice: Calderdale Carers.
- Looking After me Courses
These are arranged by Calderdale Carers. The sessions focus on the health and wellbeing of carers and how to get support in your caring role.
Many of these services are allocated after the carer's needs have been assessed by the Council. You can find out more about what help and support is available, or ask to be assessed by contacting Gateway to Care.
For more information and advice you can also get in touch with Calderdale Carers .