Respite care

Caring is a responsible and demanding role which is often required continuously over long periods of time.

Studies have shown increased levels of stress, ill health and mental health problems in those people who undertake a caring role.

At times carers need a break for their health and well-being. The options available include day respite and residential respite.

People who can access respite care

Anyone who undertakes a caring role for a friend or relative (whether this is an older person or someone who has a learning and / or physical disability or suffers a mental health problem) may be able to access respite care services.

The person being cared for, and / or the carer himself or herself, will need an assessment.

What is an assessment

An assessment is simply a discussion which makes it clear what help and support is needed.

As well as the person being cared for, carers are entitled to an assessment in their own right to make sure that they are benefiting from the support available to them.

Cost implications

How much you pay depends on your benefits, savings and income.

For further information

To find out more about respite care, just contact Gateway to Care on 01422 393000 or email

Last Updated: 20/09/2016