Carers breaks and respite care

Caring can be extremely demanding, and many carers feel very much overwhelmed by providing support to their loved ones, not really having much time to themselves. Many carers sometimes continue caring for a very long time without having a break away, and having a break can be essential to ones own health and well being.

Caring can be extremely demanding and many carers feel very much overwhelmed by providing support to their loved ones, not really having much time to themselves. Many carers continue caring for a very long time without having a break away, and having a break can be essential to ones own health and well being. 

 

 

Sometimes even undertaking simple things like going out to have coffee with friends, or just simply going for a walk to have some time out can be a difficult task for some carers. Having a short break over a weekend or a short holiday can sometimes feel like an impossible undertaking. Many carers may also find that they do not have the financial expenditure to take a break or to go on holiday.

 

 

Sometimes going on a break can help a carer feel re-energised, and having some time to enjoy just a little a bit of time with a family member or a close friend, can be very fulfilling to a individual, as well as having the opportunity to take a break from their caring role.

 

 

Though some carers may choose to go on holiday with the person they support or care for, and having a break in a different location may simply be needed.

 

 

Sometimes carers may be eligible for carers short term grants, or grants that are specific to a certain family situation. For more information you can contact your local carers centre, who have a lot of information about carers holidays and grants, or you can contact our information and referral line on 0121 380 4949, though please note, we do not provide grants for carers ourselves.

 

 

Carers grants and respite care

 

 

Carers grants are normally considered different and separate to respite care, and sometimes it can be quite easy to get the two confused. Below is a brief definition of the two terms, and the definition of what is normally considered to be a carer.

Definitions - Carer

 

 

A carer is someone that spends a significant amount or proportion of their time providing support and care to a family member, partner or a friend, who has mental health difficulties, physical disabilities, someone who is ill, frail or disabled for another reason, or someone who has a substance misuse problem. Carers are normally defined as an individual who provides care and support and is unpaid.

 

 

Carers grant - sometimes known as carers small grant

 

 

A carers grant is a grant, normally a small amount of money that is paid to a carer once, normally every two years to help the carer do something for him/her self, such as taking a short term break. 

A carer may use this money for a short weekend break, a hobby or activity, or an educational course or another pastime activity which allows the carer to take a break from their caring responsibilities, it is usually also relevant to promoting an individual's health and well being.  Carers grants are normally issued to carers every two years and carers must fit the criteria of being a carer, and these grants are not means tested grants (dependent on income or financial status).

 

 

Please note: Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service do not issue carers grants to individuals. However, if you are a carer and feel you may be entitled to a carers grant, then please where possible contact your nearest carers centre who will be able to assist you further, or for further information please contact any member of our gateway team on 0121 380 4949.

 

 

Respite care

 

 

Respite care is organised by your local authority, and is normally for the person that you care for. Sometimes respite care can be arranged by your local authority so that the carer is able to go on holiday, and that the person you care for is also able to have a break, normally in situations where carers are unable to go on holiday without support from their local authority.

 

 

For respite care, a carer is normally assessed by a local authority, (normally a social worker), who would consider a carers needs, through the completion of a carers assessment. A carers assessment is a statutory document which sometimes details what needs should be addressed, taking account of the roles and responsibility of the carer.

 

 

Following an carers assessment, the assessment officer may decide that there is a need for regular time off for the carer or for a longer term, one off holiday to be taken, this then may require further assessment by the appropriate individual to see how this will be decided, and for a further financial assessment to be carried out.

 

 

Sometimes following a carers assessment an individual may find that they could be entitled to direct payments.

 

 

Please note:
carers are able to request a carers assessment, this would normally be requested through your local authority

 

 

Please contact our information and referrral line for further information -  0121 380 4949