Having a break

Without an occasional break from caring, you can become exhausted or unwell.

A break will allow you to do the things you may not have time for while you’re caring, such as catching up with friends and family or having a rest.

If you need to arrange temporary care for the person you’re looking after, your local social services department may be able to organise care in the home, visits to a daycare centre, or a short stay in a care home.

It may also be possible to access some form of respite at Dorothy House or possibly in the patient’s own home; the Dorothy House Nurse Specialist will usually assess for this.

Make sure anyone who takes over from you has all the information they need. Write down anything important, such as medication and diet, and tell them who to contact in an emergency.