Respite care and breaks for carers
Carers and the family or friends they care for can benefit from respite care, either residential or for the day.
If you care for a friend or relative who is an older person, has a learning or physical disability, or a mental health problem, you may be able to access respite care services (sometimes known as short break services).
Haricare, the online directory of services is a helpful starting point to find out what some of the options may be. Visit Haricare (external link)
Find out more
If you would like to find out more about respite care, you can view our Respite Care Policy - April 2018 (PDF, 283KB).
You should contact the care manager or care co-ordinator of the person for whom you provide care.
If you are not in contact with a care manager or care co-ordinator contact the First Response Team on 020 8489 1400. They can arrange for you to receive a carer's assessment which will consider your eligibility for respite care
- If the person you care for is a child or young person with a disability visit our short breaks page.