An exploration of the UK carer world


What is Respite Care?

Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

Respite has been shown to help sustain family caregiver health and wellbeing, avoid or delay out-of-home placements, and reduce the likelihood of abuse and neglect. An outcome based evaluation pilot study show that respite may also reduce the likelihood of divorce and help sustain marriages.

Respite can take place in a variety of settings including your own home. It might be for a few hours a day at a day centre; or for a few days, a weekend or a couple of weeks in a residential home or with a family approved through the Adult Placement Service  A sitting service at home can also sometimes be arranged, depending on your circumstances.  

more in USA context here

Take off into a blue sky.  Joining other birds isn't the sole criterion.  It depends on your situation, your needs, and the type of person you are.

Remember the words "loving, caring" from here?  Read A & B on the right.


Your carer assessment includes the matter of respite. 


carerstrust here


NHS here here  here


Saga here

Cross Roads - find your area here



Caring can be a linear progression.  Many carers come to a different situation when, perhaps, their caree can no longer perch on the twig. 


Worse than that is when your caree can longer interpret the metaphor.

By then, the carer is likely to be in need of respite.

5  The Landmark Trust


The Landmark Trust has launched 50 for Free, a new scheme giving away completely free breaks in its outstanding historic buildings - including some in Powys and Herefordshire - to the nominees of charities and other educational and not-for-profit organisations. 


Examples of the sorts of groups for whom the Trust welcomes applications include people in need of professional or personal respite stays, low income families unable to afford holidays, carers, the bereaved, volunteers, charitable workers and educational groups.


Read the Hereford Journal report here.

6  HM Government

Useful doc:

Carers at the heart of 21st‑century families and communities - “A caring system on your side. A life of your own." 

Our vision is that by 2018, carers will be universally recognised and valued as being fundamental to strong families and stable communities. Support will be tailored to meet individuals’ needs, enabling carers to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities and a life outside caring, while enabling the person they support to be a full and equal citizen. 

page 16 here

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