“Take a break scheme”

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More than 80% of carers believe that caring has harmed their own health, according to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Taking a break is vital to help carers to manage the impact that caring has on their lives. 

The “Take a Break” scheme was introduced  in 2010 to address this issue.

What is the ‘Take a Break’ scheme?

It is a county wide subsidised scheme  established in 2010 which gives carers of adults a single route to arrange day time or evening breaks from their caring responsibilities. The breaks are provided by a care worker coming to look after the cared for person so the carer can have a break. The care worker may stay in the carers home in a ‘sitting’
arrangement or may ‘escort’ the cared for person out of the home for a social activity.

Who can use ‘Take a Break’ services?

This is a service for carers of adults. A carer is someone who looks after family, partners or friends in need of help because they are ill, frail or have a disability. The care they provide is unpaid.

The service is available for all carers who look after an older person or someone with a physical or sensory disability over the age of 18 years.



Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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