Adult carers

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Breaks for carers

Are you an adult caring for somebody?

The 'Carers UK Digital Resource' is the best place to find valuable advice and information to support you in your caring role, making day-to-day life easier.

As a carer, it is important that you look after your health and wellbeing, so we recommend that you take a break from time to time to look after yourself.

There are a number of arrangements you can make to give yourself a break, plus if you qualify, you could book a free break in our coastal accommodation.

Why taking a break is important

Taking a break is not only good for you, but it also means offers the person you are caring for:

  • a change of scenery
  • the chance to enjoy new experiences
  • the option to mix with other people.

In this Carers UK video, carers discuss why taking a break is so important.

Types of breaks

There are lots of different options to explore when you need a break. You may choose:

  • an hour each week, a day here or there, a week or two (or a combination of them all)
  • to go on holiday with the person you are looking after, go away alone, or with friends
  • to stay at home - enjoy some space in your own home while the person you care for goes on holiday.

Arranging care

If you need to arrange care for the person you look after so that you can take a break from your caring role, we’ve explained some of the options below and how you can access them.

Paid for care (self funding)

Private in-home respite care

This type of care means that the cared for person can stay at home so as not to disturb their routine or take them from familiar surroundings. A carer either visits the house of the cared for person for just a few hours each day or each week, or stays in the house offering support day and night.

How to access this service

You can search for private in home respite care providers on the NHS website.

To discuss the availability and cost of their services, please contact them directly.

Private residential care home short stays

Many private residential homes are often able to accommodate guests for a short stay so that carers can take a short break or holiday.

How to access this service

You can find a list of private residential homes in our care directory. Please contact them directly to check availability and discuss costs.

Support from family and friends

It might be worth talking to friends or family about your needs. They might be happy to look after the person you care for so that you can take a short break or holiday.

If the person you care for lives with you, ask your family or friends if they would be willing to stay at your home to provide cover or alternatively have the person to stay with them.

Organisations that can help

There are many organisations that can help you take a break, and some can help with any expenses too. View a list of organisations in a factsheet on the Carers UK website (Refer page 14 of the PDF).

Help from adult social care

There are a range of council run services, that depending on your situation, may be able to provide respite care while you take a break.

Care relief sitting service

When you have your carer's assessment, you’ll be advised if you qualify to use our care relief sitting service.

This is available to carers who look after someone with dementia or another memory related illness.

A staff member from our care relief service can come to the home of the person being cared for to provide in home respite care. This is so you can take a short break to go shopping, meet up with friends, attend a medical appointment or have time to yourself.

How to access this service

If you qualify to use this service, a member of the community support team will contact you to discuss when and how often you can use this service. Time slots are available:

  • Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 10pm

  • Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm

Day care

The person you are caring for goes into a day centre or takes part in activities away from their home allowing you a break from caring.

How to access this service

If the person you care for would benefit from using day care services, this will be identified during their assessment. Day care will be pre-arranged on a yearly basis by your community wellbeing team at a centre suitable to the needs of the person you care for. For example, they might visit a day care centre every Friday.

Short stay in residential or nursing care home

Where the person you are looking after has a short stay in a council run residential or nursing home.

How to access this service

When an assessment is carried out for the person you care for, it will identify if they qualify to use this service. Short stays will be pre-arranged on a yearly basis by your community wellbeing team at a care home suitable to the needs of the person you care for.

Short breaks for carers

Your adult carer’s assessment may identify that you can book a break at one of our coastal venues. In most circumstances you'll need to live with the person you care for to qualify for this free service.

How often you can take a short break

Short breaks are initially limited to 1 per year, however we do have a reservation list so you can register your interest in another break within the year if there is availability.


To check availability and book, please contact the Carer’s Support Service.

Please note: you cannot book a carer’s break more than 8 weeks in advance. This is to make sure we can accommodate those who need an urgent break.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Cherry Cottage
2 bed
Bed hoist
Level access shower
Free Wi-Fi

Available for 3 or 4 nights.

South Cliff Holiday Park
Carers Caravans
3 bed
Coastal location
Entertain-ment complex
Free Wi-Fi

Available for 3 or 4 nights.