Taking responsibility and caring for a friend or family member who has Autism, Mental Health or Learning Disabilities can be enormously rewarding; it can also be physically and emotionally draining as well as isolating.
Your Carer's Assessment may identify that you need a break from caring from time to time. Equally, the person you care for may also want to have a break without you.
The Index Care Respite Service is designed to replace the care that you, as a carer, would normally be giving the person you care for, so you can look after your own health and wellbeing.
When planning for a much needed break from your caregiving duties, make sure to keep your loved one in the loop, by getting their input in deciding how much time you will be away, who will fill in for you, being sure to tell them how they will benefit from you being more relaxed and refreshed and how they are going to be spending their time away.