The respite service gives carers a break from the daily responsibilities they face when caring for someone with a disability or frail older people. It also gives the person being cared for a break from their regular carer and the opportunity to enjoy an outing with someone else.

Respite services aim to:

  • help carers and the person being cared for
  • pair staff with the right skills with those using the service
  • link those using the service with other relevant services
  • offer enjoyable and appropriate activities for the person being cared for
  • give carers information about other support services offered locally.

Respite services can be provided in several ways including:

  • in your home, usually on a one to one basis
  • in the community, where you can enjoy activities you’re interested in with the support of a respite worker.