West Berkshire Council

Taking a Break From Caring

Replacement/respite care - help and support for carers to take a break from their responsibilities

Caring for someone can be a full-time job and, like any job, you sometimes need to take a break.  
It's important to remember that if you go too long without taking a proper break, you may become ill, anxious or depressed.  This can make life more difficult for you and the person you are caring for.

Being a carer doesn't have to mean living with the person you care for or that you provide care 24 hours a day.  Even caring for someone for a short period can cause anxiety and stress.

What is replacement/respite care?

Replacement care, formerly called 'respite care', is the term used for services that allow you to take a break from caring.

The NHS Choices website explains more about how this works, and the different ways you can access it.

Replacement care in West Berkshire

Our pdf icon Information for Carers Booklet [1Mb] (Section 6) lists a variety of local groups and organisations that provide replacement care. These organisations can give you more information about their services and how you can book them for yourself.  Please note that some services may be charged for.

Help from West Berkshire Council 

Get in touch with Adult Social Care - we'll tell you about the replacement care options that are available.
This could be care that you arrange yourself, or care that we arrange for you.
Before we can help you, we'll offer an assessment of your needs.  Afterwards, we'll tell you if you're eligible for help from our services.

If you're not eligible, we will still provide information and advice, and put you in touch with other services and support groups that may be able to help you.

Replacement services from West Berkshire Council are paid for by the adult that is being cared for, as they are the direct recipient of the service (ie if you're a carer, the person you ordinarily care for would be charged for the replacement care).
You can read more about Charges for Your Care online, or further information is available in pdf icon our guidance notes on charges for replacement care [166kb].

Who To Contact

Our contact centre for Adult Social Care (formerly our 'Access for All' team)

01635 503050