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 breaks

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.

Short breaks for children and young people

Find out about the options available with SEND – Reading’s Local Offer or call the Family Information Service on 0118 937 3777 option 2.

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 respite 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.


TuVIDA offer support to carers and the people they care for.

Accessible holidays

Accessible breaks, holidays and days out:

Paying for breaks

If the need for breaks has been identified through a social care assessment and the services agreed are included in the Personal Budget Support Plan, the cost of this care (including a maximum of 28 nights residential respite) will be covered by the weekly charge. Please refer to care charges for more information.