It is really important that carers get a break from time to time because caring long term can have lasting effects on a person’s health and wellbeing. You might need additional support so that you can arrange cover when your carer wants to take a break from their normal caring role, for example if they want to go out with a friend or are going on holiday. This is sometimes called replacement care.
As with many social care services for adults, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria and there may be a charge for this service depending on the outcome of your financial assessment and your ability to contribute towards the cost of your care, however not everyone will have to pay or the charge could be very low.
This support needs to be flexible and different people will need different levels of help. Replacement care can be organised in a number of ways.
This is where some additional hours of support are allocated as part of your support plan and these can be used flexibly when your carer has something else they want to do such as visiting a friend or going out to socialise. We have a short break service provided by Carers Trust Heart of England which can be used or you might choose to take this as a direct payment so you can use a personal assistant or another agency.
This is where you will need support over a longer period of time, for example if your carer is going on holiday.
Whatever option is required you can choose for us to arrange care and support on your behalf or to take your personal budget as a direct payment so you can arrange the support yourself with your carer.