“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 former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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