Breaks from caring
Taking a break from caring
Many carers find that a friend or family member may be able to provide care or support for a few hours or more, so that they can take a break.
If you have no one who can do this, you may still be able to take a break in other ways.
Worcestershire County Council can help support carers with a break (sometimes known as replacement care or respite).
To find out more about caring and support available please visit our looking after someone page.
Care breaks can be provided in a number of ways:
the person you care for staying in a care home with the advantage of staff available day and night
you may prefer caregivers (such as a domiciliary or home care agency) to come to the home of the person you're caring for which the council can organise. This will depend on the needs of the person you care for
support with local families in their home offered by our Shared Lives Service
you may prefer a personal assistant or small care business/microenterprise to come to the home of the person you're caring for by choosing to have the care funding as a direct payment. The advantage is you can organise your own breaks tailored to the needs of the person you care for and what a good break looks like for you
How to arrange carer breaks
Worcestershire Association of Carers provides support and assessments of needs for Carers on behalf of Worcestershire County Council.
For a discussion about support available to you as a Carer or for an assessment you can self-refer through the Worcestershire Adults Portal alternatively you can call WAC by phoning 0300 0124272.
For more information please visit the Carers Hub
Is there a charge for a carer break?
Carer breaks may be subject to a charge as it is purchased for the person you are caring for and social care is a chargeable service.
A financial assessor will visit the cared for to discuss:
- how much the person receiving care will need to contribute towards the cost of their care
- ensure that all the benefits that both you and the person you support are entitled to, are being claimed
Our short breaks service
Worcestershire County Council has two short breaks units, based in Pershore and Stourport on Severn which provide respite care for individuals with mental health and physical disabilities.
This service is available throughout the week which includes activities and outings.
If you feel you are interested in this service, please speak to your allocated social work team. If you do not currently receive support from adult social care, contact us for a conversation about your needs.
Our short breaks units are inspected and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).