Carer breaks provide a personalised, flexible break from caring.
A break should make a positive difference to you as a carer in one of the following ways:
- Improving your physical and emotional wellbeing
- More opportunities for you to have a life outside of caring
- Being more able to sustain your caring role
- Being able to take more control of your life.
What your break might involve:
- Support for the person you care for at home, or for them to go out into the community. This could be with or without you.
- Care being provided in the home or community so you can go out, or have time to yourself or with friends.
- Care for the person you care for in the community could include them going to a day centre. Or it could be you and the person you care for doing an activity together.
- Practical help around the home or with shopping.
- Giving you time away for a holiday or short break. This may be with or without the person you care for.
- Time together for you as a whole family.
This might be combined with, or topped up with, other support if needed. Or your break could be instead of, or as well as, other support.
Remember you can look at options such as our health and wellbeing fund to help you pay for an activity you want to do.
What to do if you would like a carer break
You can be put forward by the Carers Matter Norfolk partnership. You can simply sign up to register using this form and your referral will then be picked up by the Advice Line Team and an advisor will contact you to talk through your caring role.
If a carer break is something you are suitable for, the advisor will then move it forward by putting you in contact with a Family Carer Practitioner who will then share your application with Caring Together. Caring Together will arrange for one of their team to come out and discuss how best to support you. They will also discuss details of the break with you at this stage, including the date and time. Other family members can be there for this session so they are involved if you wish. (Caring Together are an established CQC regulated homecare provider, and part of Carers Matter Norfolk you can find out more here).
They will discuss the planned break, time and date with you, and talk about what is needed and possible. As well as a care plan they will also produce a risk assessment.
These breaks are for adult carers, who are caring for someone over 18 years old.
Contact us to find out more about carers breaks.