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Carers UK Guide to Taking a Break

By 20 February 2020Borough Care News

Many of our residents move into our homes when it becomes impossible for family or friends to provide 24-hour specialist and safe care. Although your loved one has a new home, and some of your previous caring responsibilities have been taken over by Borough Care, we understand the vital role you will still play when caring for your loved one.

We also recognise that the regular demands of caring can soon lead to feelings of exhaustion, so it’s important to recognise when you need a break.

Carers UK have created a useful and informative Taking a Break Guide with advice, resources and real-life experiences of how carers manage having breaks and why they are so good for you.

There is a very handy section which contains a checklist of things you will need to think about before you go on a holiday. From leaving a list of contact numbers to letting us know which chapter you are up to in the book you are reading to your loved one.

The Taking a Break Factsheet details why it is so important for carers to take a break. Explaining that, after a break, many people feel stronger and rejuvenated to take on their responsibilities with renewed vigour and a more positive outlook. Your loved one could also benefit from enjoying new experiences, a change of scene and routine, and meeting other people.

Carers UK are also sharing details and asking for support for their Give us a Break Campaign. In September 2019, Carers UK released a research report revealing that a third of unpaid carers in England would use a break from caring to see the doctor. Of those who did manage to take some time off, 44% used it to attend a medical appointment. Find out how you can support this campaign by following the link.

And remember, if you ever have any worries or concerns when it comes to caring for a loved one who lives at Borough Care, please come and speak to one of our friendly and approachable team members. We will do everything we can to help support you, so your loved one can receive the care they need.