Carers and family support

Arrange a respite break from caring

Caring for someone full time can be very demanding and its important for you to have a break from your caring role. There are organisations and services which can provide you with the help you need.

Options for finding a break

Good neighbour groups

The Good Neighbours Support Service provide information, guidance, development and support to over 100 independent voluntary groups in Hampshire, enabling them to provide a dependable and trustworthy service. The groups offer neighbourly help to people in their local communities, enabling people to stay independent in their own homes and helping to prevent isolation.


Take a break scheme

This service gives carers the opportunity to have regular short breaks from caring that they could not otherwise take because the person they care for cannot safely be left alone. It also gives the cared for person the chance to identify activities and outcomes they would like to achieve from the service.

The 'take a break service' can only be accessed via Adult Services through a Carers Assessment and is provided, under contract, by a range of providers throughout Hampshire.

Carers who are eligible will receive confirmation by letter which serves as a voucher for them to book their break directly with a provider. Further information and a list of approved providers is sent with the letter.

The service offers:

  • Flexibility - carers can book their breaks when it suits them, choose to have a few regular hours off each week or save up the hours they have been allocated for up to a maximum of six weeks at a time for a slightly longer break

  • Personalised care - before the service starts the care provider will arrange to visit to discuss what support they need to provide to the cared for person whilst the carer is out. If the cared for person would normally need personal care or a meal preparing during the break, this can be arranged

  • Access to the community - during the break the cared for person can be supported to go out to attend clubs, go for a walk, visit friends  etc. This can be done in the replacement  carer’s car for short local trips if the person can access an unadapted car without difficulty

  • Overnight service - as an alternative to daytime breaks, the carer can save their allocated hours for up to six weeks at a time to be used for night time stays, which must be planned in advance with the care provider. The care provider will arrange for a replacement carer to stay in the home to give the carer the opportunity of an undisturbed night’s sleep

  • Reassurance - staff providing the short breaks are specially trained by the care provider and are police checked

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Request a carer's assessment and discuss your needs as a carer including your need to have a break.

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Care at home search

Information on organisations that can provide live-in help for a short period to allow you to go away. Some of these services may be provided only as part of a wider care package.

Residential Care homes search

Find local care homes that might be able to offer informal day care to meet your needs



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What am I entitled to?

The local authority is here to help everyone understand their needs and, if required, provide an assessment.

For more information about what help you are entitled to, please see the Who can get help from Adult Services web pages.

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