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.
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.
Some local 'good neighbour' groups may be able to help in an emergency
This service gives carers the opportunity to have time off from their caring duties by providing a replacement carer for the person they care for. The service can only be accessed via Adult Servies 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.
This service offers minimal disruption for the cared-for person who remains in his or her usual living environmernt and can continue to access usual activities in the community if desired.It offers:
Some enhancements have also been introduced:
Download a copy of the Take a break leaflet from our webpages
Request a carer's assessment and discuss your needs as a carer including your need to have a break.
Find out about emergency planning and respite
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.
Find local care homes that might be able to offer informal day care to meet your needs