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Take a break from caring

Taking a break from your caring responsibilities is vital. Caring can be emotionally and physically demanding, so it’s important not to overlook your own needs.

We can help you have some much-deserved ‘time out’ in different ways, many of which are free to carers, even if the person you support has to fund their own care.

You may need to have a carer’s assessment before you can access the services, but please do not let that put you off. A carer’s assessment is not an assessment of the care you provide, but a conversation we have with you to discuss the support you provide, the impact it has on your life and to discuss how we can help.

To find out more or to ask for any of these services or to get other break ideas please contact the Carers Support Service at CRISP

Drop in to visit us

Our Carers Centre is currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19. 

You can call the Carers Support Service on 01202 128 787 during weekday office hours. If you call outside office hours or you cannot get through straight away, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. 

Beach huts

We have beach huts at Alum Chine and Sandbanks, available on a daily basis for just a small fee of £5 per day. For details on how to apply for a beach hut visit the CRISP website.  

Short breaks in Devon and Weymouth

Our holiday lodges in Devon and Weymouth are available for £10 per night, subject to demand. For details on how to apply for a short break, visit the CRISP website

Respite care  

Respite care is typically referred to as planned temporary care, which can be provided to give you a break away from the person you care for.   

The person you care for can receive respite care at home or away from home such as a lunch club, visiting a day centre or a short stay in a residential home.  

In some situations, respite care may be provided by adult social care after you have had a carers assessment or after the person you care for has had an assessment

There is also a range of support and advice if the person you care for has a long-term health condition.  

Financial support

As a carer, you may be able to claim several benefits which could help you get a break.

Carers Direct website has detailed information which can help you work out which benefits you're entitled to or read our finance for carers information.