Carer breaks

Regular breaks from caring can benefit both you and the person you care for.

Find replacement care.

Replacement care services available

Supported activity sessions

The person you care for could go to a supported day service, social group or activity session. This gives them the opportunity to get out of the house, take part in activities and socialise while you take some time for yourself.

The Shared Lives Scheme

This links the person you care for with a trained carer to provide care and support while you take a break. This can be in their own home, in your home or out and about. Breaks can be flexible, ranging from a few hours to overnight or longer stays. 

Sitting services / replacement care

Some organisations provide trained carers to sit with the person you care for for a few hours to allow you to do other things.

Residential breaks

The person you care for could have a short-term stay in a residential or care home, allowing to to take a complete break from caring. 

Crossroads Care Reading

Crossroads Care Reading offers sitting services, replacement care and group care. You can contact them for further information on 0118 945 4209.

Accessible holidays

Carlton Meres Country Park

If you are registered as a carer with the Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub you can access breaks in one of our self-catering lodges at Carlton Meres in Suffolk. Two lodges are available for one-week bookings (Saturday to Saturday) including one with wheelchair access and a wet room. Guests are asked to cover cleaning costs by way of a minimum £45 donation to the Carers Hub. For more information please call 0118 324 7333.

Accessible breaks, holidays and days out: 

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